Eric Stults (2-1, 5.50) vs. Doug Davis (2-3, 2.91).
COMMENTS: Fresh off of the euphoria of a four game slamdown on the division rival Padres, the Dodgers have rolled to a perfect 10*-0 home start to break the franchise record for consecutive home wins to start a season, tying the NL record in the process (with three other teams). It's going so well, we can start a lineup with four second-stringers and see three of them produce at the plate (the only one to go hitless, the 0-for-3 Mark Loretta, is still batting .391 on the year).
So what better way to jinx the streak than to have SoSG's own Alex Cora and Steve Sax show up to the Stadium in person? (Third base side, field level--please comment in the thread if you'll be at the game, and we can arrange a time to grab a beer, assuming they've restored wireless service to the Ravine.) Perhaps having a greater impact on the outcome of the game will be our starter, Stults, who got rocked in his last outing in SF (5 ER in 2.2IP, with 2BB and 1K). Stults will need to rebound well (kind of like that other LA team playing tonight in Game 1 of their own series). And I've always dug Davis get it?, who is coming off of a strong start of (0ER over 7IPs with 7Ks) pitched against the Cubs. Either Stults or Davis might have a slightly bigger impact on the outcome of tonight's game. But the guys who will be getting into Mark Reynolds' dome all night (ARI 3B Reynolds has 5HR but 26Ks and bats .268)? Yeah, that will be AC and me.
*Yes, I know I could have used a myriad of other references for the accompanying "perfect 10" picture. I'm trying to keep us somewhat respectable. For once.