Vicente Padilla (11-6, 4.42) vs. Jonathan Sanchez (6-12, 4.16).
COMMENTS: The Dodgers awaken from a relaxing off-day hibernation period, nested smack dab in the middle of their six-game homestand, to find a desperate Giants team clinging to Wild Card hopes, 3.5 games back of Colorado with 16 games to play, and a bunch of sharp-nosed fish (winners of seven straight) breathing down their necks (through gills, of course). The Dodgers are fresh off a sweep of the Pirates, and now face Sanchez, 0-4 lifetime against the Dodgers with a 5.68 ERA, and a 9.00 ERA in the Stadium.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers start Padilla, 3-0 with 1 ND since joining the Dodgers, who has seen his ERA drop a half-run over his four Dodger starts, while wielding a penchant for throwing at batters he doesn't like. You don't want to get Padilla angry. You wouldn't like him when he's angry.
Honestly, I can't recall a recent Dodgers-Giants series about which I've approached with such a cavalier attitude; I don't know if it's because I think we're safely in the postseason, or because I know the Giants are awful, or both. Nonetheless, it is Dodgers-Giants, the rivalry--and so I'll be at the Stadium tonight (field level third base side; comment if you'll be there and want to grab a beer), and I'm sure I'll get more fired up when I see the Halloweenies out there on the field. We're going to win. And, I'm looking forward to the post-game fireworks, as well as the potential for during-game fireworks from Padilla.
yawning bear photo from o0Tiger--Lilly0o's photobucket album; Hulk photo courtesy of whomever that very angry green dude wants