DODGERS' RECORD WITHOUT MANNY: 26-16
Randy Wolf (3-2, 3.29) vs. Gavin Floyd (4-5, 4.65).
COMMENTS: Let's take a gander at the Dodgers' past five starts:
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It's a small window shown here, but the trend of Dodger starters going deeper into games is encouraging. Hopefully Wolf can build on the improvement shown by Kershaw and Kuroda, and actually get a win this time as well. Another positive sign: The Dodgers have won seven of Wolf's past eight starts.
As with yesterday's White Sox starter John Danks, Floyd's numbers belie his strong pitching in recent outings. The Dodgers benefited from getting to Danks early, as he eventually recovered and shut them down for five innings. A similar hot start today would certainly behoove Wolf. (Of course it would. I just wanted to use the word "behoove.")
And don't forget Albuquerque. Manny Ramirez is scheduled to play five innings (a whopping 25 percent increase!) with the Isotopes tonight, starting at 6 p.m. The 'Topes set a attendance record last night, with 15,321 fans present. Just call it the Manny Effect.
photo from the Isotopes Unofficial Web Page