Ramon Ortiz (1-1, 5.16) vs. Jon Garland (4-2, 1.71).
COMMENTS: "In their last four games, the Dodgers have a 2.00 ERA," the LA Times tells us . "My arm is good. If I throw 90 [mph], I'm OK, I'll keep going. When I can throw only 85, I'll go home," Ortiz tells us. And I'm telling you, I think we're going to get shellacked tonight.
Why? First of all, it's the Padres. The same team which, even when they're having a bad season, seems to find a way to beat the Dodgers. And the first-place Padres (22-12) are definitely not having a bad season.
Secondly, it's the pitching matchup. I really don't have to say much more about our starting pitcher, but there's the added bonus of their starting pitcher being an ex-Dodger — a certain recipe for disaster.
And thirdly, the last time I predicted a loss, the Dodgers actually beat the hottest pitcher in the league. So is all this actually a highly scientific ruse to beat the MSB? A magician never reveals his secrets. But yes.