John Ely (3-2, 2.54) vs. Tim Hudson (6-1, 2.30).
COMMENTS: What's this, a BABIP reference at Dodgers.com?
The opposition has a .267 batting average on balls put in play [against Ely], the lowest BABIP against any Dodgers starter aside from Carlos Monasterios, who's more of a fill-in anyway. So there could be some luck involved for Ely -- but it hasn't run out yet.
I want to like John Ely so much — and his performance has given us a lot to like — that I'm trying to convince myself that three years of Juan Pierre was worth his arrival in L.A. Everybody loves a rookie sensation story, and while injury concerns and BABIP could be red flags, we might as well enjoy this kid's talent while we can.
And the Dodgers will need plenty of it to salvage a split against Atlanta, as the effective Hudson, who has a career 3.90 ERA against them, looks like he might have his way with the struggling Dodgers offense. Things don't get any easier with the Cardinals coming into town tomorrow. How about a win to prepare for the arrival of Mr. Pujols & Co.?
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P.S.: A separate Lakers Game Thread will go up later today.