Chad Billingsley (12-9, 3.86) vs. Billy Buckner (2-6, 8.29).
COMMENTS: When Billingsley last pitched on Wednesday vs. the Diamondbacks, he went through four scoreless innings before giving up four runs in the fifth inning, which stuck him with the loss when the Dodgers' offense could only muster one run in "support". Joe Torre was nonplussed, however, telling the press afterwards that he wasn't worried because he thought Billingsley had improved mechanics.
Despite Torre's explanation, Billingsley's third straight loss and tenth straight start in which he didn't make it to the seventh inning was enough to get all the local colmunists frothing at the mouth again about how ace-less the Dodgers are. The team could easily give those pundits a much-needed tune-up by firing up their offensive engines and taking Buckner for a spin, letting Bills focus on firing all of his pistons and maintaining top speed.
And that's about all the automobile references I've got, since I don't know cars very well, but I encourage you guys to go with this while I'm idling. (Speaking of idling, AccuScore has both the Rockies (Jason Marquis) beating the Reds (5.2 projected runs to 4.2) and the Giants (Timmah Lincecum) beating the Padres (4.8 to 3.1). We'd better come through today with a win.)