Hiroki Kuroda (5-4, 3.63) vs. Chris Carpenter (7-1, 2.76).
COMMENTS: Yesterday was nice, but let's face it: It ain't happening again tonight. Still, success is possible, even against St. Louis' best.
"With a career 2.20 ERA in six starts against the Dodgers and a perfect 5-0 record when facing L.A., Carpenter appears primed for another dominant outing," says MLB.com. (Uh, make that regular-season starts.) So how can the Dodgers avoid fulfilling this prophesy?
With the exception of Blake DeWitt's home run, the Dodgers nickel-and-dimed their way to victory last night, and they'll have to do the same tonight to have a chance at winning. Carpenter's 2.79 ground ball-to-fly ball ratio (fourth in the NL) means a lot of worm-killers, but his .269 BABIP also means some of those grounders might find a hole. Let's hope.