Vicente Padilla (11-6, 4.52) vs. J.D. Martin (5-4, 4.21).
DODGERS' MAGIC NUMBERS: 2 to make playoffs; 5 to win NL West
COMMENTS: This is a pretty important start for Padilla--not the point of no return, but still critical if he wants to be considered for the postseason roster--as he looks to rebound from his last crappy start against the Giants, his first loss since joining the Dodgers. And while Padilla/Martin sounds like a normal battery, this Padilla/Martin matchup is quite different. Montreal starts a pitcher whom mlb.com says "is...the second best pitcher in the Expos' rotation. Last Friday, he pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up two runs on seven hits against the Mets. Martin is second on the team in wins with five."
FIVE? Five measly wins gets you second place and a set of steak knives? Let me be the one to tell you, when you only have 52 total wins on the team, it's mathematically plausible, but I wouldn't go around trumpeting a win total smaller than that of Jeff Weaver; Martin would be the Expos' equivalent of Matt Cain, Adam Wainwright, and Cliff Lee. Wow. Tell you what, Torre, let's just make this interesting, and throw out there whomever the hell you want for this lineup!