UPDATE: Rained out -- doubleheader tomorrow.
Hiroki Kuroda (2-0, 2.18) vs. Oliver Perez (0-2, 3.71).
COMMENTS: Ah, the Mets. The Metropolitans (2010 payroll: $133 million) are right up there with the Cubs ($147 million) as other big-budget teams I like to look at when I start feeling bad about the Dodgers ($95 million). But as we've seen, past habits aren't holding up in 2010. The tied-for-last-place Dodgers are meeting a tied-for-second-place Mets team that has won four straight, including a sweep of Jason Heyward and the Braves.
But there's always a catch. Today, that catch goes by the name of Oliver Perez. The same Perez who started only 14 games in 2009 (ending up with a 6.82 ERA) after the Mets signed him to a three-year, $36 million contract. (Oliver, meet Odalis. Now meet Carlos. Everybody comfy? Good.) Can the Dodger bats, held to only five runs over three games in Washington, reawaken against the Mets' Perez? I'm going to say yes. In fact, Oliver hopes are riding on it.
Weak pitching. Strong bats. What could possibly go wrong?
photo by Jon SooHoo/Dodgers