DODGERS' RECORD WITHOUT MANNY: 28-20
Chad Billingsley (9-3, 3.10) vs. Jason Marquis (9-5, 4.22).
COMMENTS: Welcome to the battle of the nines! Four pitchers lead the National League in wins with nine, and three of those suckers are trying to ink their tenth win tonight: Billingsley and Marquis at Dodger Stadium, and the Mets' Johan Santana in Milwaukee.
Marquis got rocked by the Angels in his last start, and Billingsley has lost the lead in the sixth inning of his part two starts. So everybody has something to prove — especially the Dodger bats, who got bailed out by their own starting pitcher last night, then left three men in scoring position in extra innings before finally winning it in the 13th.
The bullpen arms aren't fresh, with every reliever having pitched an inning last night. Let's hope Billingsley goes deep, because the Dodgers can't count on walking off every night.
photo from Pink Tentacle