Charlie Haeger (0-4, 8.53) vs. Scott Kazmir (7-5, 5.08).
A phoenix, even one that's "falling falling falling falling" like the Dodgers (six-game losing streak; 2-9 record in interleague play so far), still can rise from the ashes, right? After last night's multiple bonehead debacle, it doesn't seem likely to happen tonight--and us trotting out a starting pitcher with an 8.53 ERA doesn't inspire any more confidence.
This Dodger team is obstinate in its refusal to beat the cross-town Angels, and given our ineffectiveness against Kazmir earlier this month, why should we expect anything different in tonight's series finale? Going into a "rivalry renewed" series with the Yankees with a seven-game losing streak seems highly plausible.
Oh, and here's a note for you stat-hounds: When Garret Anderson plays, the Dodgers are 26-31, including losses in the last eight games in which he's played. And he's batting .193, by the way. Coincidence? I think not.
art by Adam Hughes of course