Chad Billingsley (5-1, 2.45) vs. Cole Hamels (1-2, 6.17).
COMMENTS: Wakey wakey, eggs and bakey! Did we need that one last night or what? Even better, the rest of the division lost, leaving the Giants 4.0 games behind the Dodgers, with the Rockies, Padres and Diamondbacks a collective 23 games under .500.
Now that old friends have had their way—former Dodgers Chan Ho Park and Jayson Werth, and former Phillie Randy Wolf—today's getaway-day rubber match is about (flips coin) settling scores. Billingsley wants to stick it to the team that rocked him in last year's playoffs, and Jonathan Broxton wants another shot at Matt Stairs.
In the other dugout we have Hamels, so dominant in October but off to a rough start this year. He pitched solidly in his last start, however, so his performance today will determine which team will be getting its mojo back. Call me biased, but I vote for us.