Carlos Monasterios (2-0, 2.20) vs. Edwin Jackson, RHP (3-6, 6.03)
It's a businessperson's special afternoon home game, one of only two at Dodger Stadium this year, so it's time to sneak out of work, catch the game, and see if we can extend our streak of walkoff victories to a third consecutive game (although, as Jon Weisman puts it, "getting an early lead is fine as well").
Former Dodger Jackson has been "pitching better of late" according to mlb.com, if you can count lowering his ERA from 8.07 at the start of May down to its current 6.03. Jackson lasted 6.2 innings against us in mid-May, giving up six runs and taking the loss. Meanwhile, Monasterios is undefeated and almost halfway to a five-bar gate. So why make the man with a schizophrenic audio settting suffer through a tense outing? Why not just score early (literally) and often, and let the crowd of Dodger fans just bask in the sun, enjoying getting even closer to the Padres before their afternoon scuffle with the Mets? And maybe have a couple of cold ones while we're at it (it's not like we're going back to work this afternoon, anyway)?