Chad Billingsley (9-5, 4.00) vs. Barry Zito (8-6, 3.49).
COMMENTS: For those who think Chad Billingsley lacks heart: He volunteered to pitch today. On three days' rest. And given that he's the Dodgers' best pitcher not named Kershaw, his timing couldn't have been better. As for the rest of the team...was last night's ninth-inning outburst a sign of things to come, or an offensive aberration?
More than just the bats will have to rise from the dead for the Dodgers to avoid raising the white flag soon. They also have to reduce their errors, both of the mental and box-score variety. And they have to stay healthy — we'll see if James Loney, hit on the right hand by a Jonathan Sanchez pitch last night, makes the starting lineup today.
The trading deadline is right about gametime, so Scott Podsednik may have some new teammates by the time this one starts. Oh, and if you espy a bunch of Dodger fans watching the game at an undisclosed public location, eating and drinking and furiously posting clever Game Thread comments on their handheld devices, that's just SoSG Fest 2010. Cheers!
UPDATE: Dodgers Acquire Lilly, Theriot For DeWitt (MLBTR)
Dodgers also send minor leaguers Brett "Son of Tim" Wallach and Kyle Smit to the Cubs.