Eric Stults (4-1, 3.82) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (0-4, 4.27).
COMMENTS: Yeah, losing a series to the Angels at home isn't a fun way to start the Memorial Day weekend. But look on the bright side: the Dodgers still have the best record in the majors at 30-15; we have a cavernous 7.5 game lead over the second-place
Giants Padres (the NL Central, by comparison, separates first from worst by a total of only 7 games); and we have an otherworldly +70 run differential (the next-best team in the majors, Toronto, has +40).
The Dodgers finished up the homestand 4-2 (including a sweep of the Mets) and are 9-7 since Manny Ramirez' suspension. As we take our show on the road for the first of a seven-game swing, we hand the ball to Stults, he of jammed thumb; the Dodgers are 6-1 when he starts. Meanwhile, De La Rosa is coming off a pounding that Atlanta gave him Wednesday before he gave a water cooler the same treatment (check the 1:18 mark of the video). Let's set De La Rosa up for round 2 versus the Gatorade jug today, shall we?