DODGERS' RECORD WITHOUT MANNY: 17-11
Hiroki Kuroda (1-1, 2.53) vs. Joe Blanton (4-3, 5.86).
COMMENTS: Do you believe in momentum? The Dodgers, fresh off last night's walk-off victory, will try to channel that energy into success against Blanton — who's won three straight. The Dodgers counter with Kuroda, who threw 86 pitches over five innings in his first post-rehab start.
Although yesterday was sweet, don't forget the Dodger offense is still essentially in deep-freeze. For the cynical (not us!), last night's ninth-inning rally featured as many walks and errors as hits. Although Joe Torre professes unconcern at his team's lack of hitting, it doesn't mean he isn't anticipating the return of some early-inning offense.
"We're going to hit — it's just a matter of when that stuff is going to start up again," Torre said. Hey, why not today?