Chad Billingsley (9-4, 3.12) vs. Josh Banks (1-0, 3.38).
COMMENTS: Joe Torre acknowledges Manny Ramirez may not be 100% (despite his home run yesterday), so will Torre still start Manny today? If so, the Dodgers will be looking for Manny to spark the offense (but hopefully won't be waiting around like a bunch of slack-jawed yokels).
This is the first time Banks has faced the Dodgers. With the Dodger bats already uncertain and facing an unfamiliar pitcher in a spacious park, and with the bullpen showing signs of fatigue, Billingsley will be expected to pitch deep into today's game.
Manny and Chad: I just want to tell you both good luck. We're all counting on you...to prevent a series loss to a team ten games under .500.