It's been a wild and crazy postseason for the Dodgers.
They've beat up on aces, and they've been beat up by other aces...only to feast on the bullpen. They've held MVP sluggers in check, but they've been killed by a number-eight hitter. They've received a couple of gift errors and parlayed them into wins, and they've been three-hit into submission.
If the Dodgers ever had momentum, it was after sweeping the Cardinals in the NLDS. Yet they lost Game 1 of the NLCS. After their come-from-behind victory in Game 2, they got their asses kicked six ways to Sunday in Game 3. So maybe momentum only carries as far as the first inning of the next game.
Which brings us to tonight's matchup. The guy you want starting, Randy Wolf, is the team's steadiest, most consistent pitcher. But Mr. Reliable also gives up most of his runs in his first three innings of work. Which isn't exactly when you want to spot the Phillies a few runs.
The hangover from last night's game doesn't have to carry over to tonight's. And if Wolf can get off to a strong start, Game 5 will seem more like a new opportunity than an accident waiting to happen.