Chad Billingsley (1-0, 1.69) vs. Rodrigo Lopez (1-0, 1.50).
COMMENTS (from Sax): So how do we follow up the majesty that was a magnificent four-homer home opener--the first four-homer opener in Los Angeles Dodgers history--in a follow-up game against a division rival? Maybe by trying to figure out a way to win a series and start clawing our way out of the basement of the NL West (tied with the Padres,
2.5GB 3 GB the Giants (after SF's afternoon win)).
Critical to that goal will be the pitching of His Royal Thighness, who needs to go deeper than his last outing (5.1 IP, 7Ks and 1 ER to earn the win vs. Pittsburgh). How will Chadley perform in front of more than 10,000 people for the first time this year? Well, considering some of the characters who will be limbering up behind the home bullpen gates around the sixth inning (Jeff Weaver, 4.91 ERA; Ramon Ortiz, 9.82; George Sherrill, 22.50), I'm guessing Bills gets even more shakes than usual when he hits his first hiccup. Let's make sure we score enough runs to give him a padded lead, okay?
Manny & Ethier: Luis Sinco/LA Times; Blake & Kemp: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images