Jason Schmidt (back from the dead) vs. Micah Owings (6-9, 4.94).
COMMENTS: This is it, the day for which we've been waiting, when a pitcher makes his much-anticipated season debut at Dodger Stadium, where he did not pitch for all of last year and all of this year. Press coverage promises to be scrutinizing as Micah Owings takes the mound for the vaunted Cincinnati Reds, three games below .500 and in fifth place in the NL Central. Owings, who beat the Dodgers April 9 last year as a Diamondback, is 1-1 lifetime against LA with one no decision in four total appearances.
On the flipside, I'd love to talk about the Dodgers' starter a little bit, but frankly I don't know who the heck he is. Some guy from the minors, I suppose, whom I know worked really hard to get back up to the Show. Good luck tonight, "'rook"!
(Can't wait until the Dodgers' gametime? Giants' no-hitter thrower Jonathan Sanchez takes on Tommy Hanson in Atlanta, with the first pitch being thrown...right about now (the funk soul brother).)
UPDATE 6p: From the WSJ: "Among teams [Schmidt has] faced more than five times, Mr. Schmidt's ERA is the worst (5.27) against the Reds." And yet, AccuScore gives us a 68% chance of winning!