Chad Billingsley (9-6, 3.82) vs. Roy Oswalt (6-13, 3.50).
COMMENTS: Wait a second here. The pitching matchup is Billingsley vs. Oswalt, and yet the GameThread leads with Josh S. vs. Mr. Customer? What gives? Well, here's the deal. Josh S. and Mr. Customer were the only two correct answerers of PCS Puzzle #10 (James and the Yellow Crayon) who could use the pair of tickets fro the August 18 Dodgers game vs. the Rockies. So they will duel to the death in today's matchup, based on these rules: If the combined number of hits by BOTH teams in today's game is an odd number, Josh S. gets the tickets; if it's an even number, Mr. Customer gets the tickets. (As if the advent of Assassin's Circle 2010 isn't competitive enough, right?) Anyway, this should be fun.
Who would have thought that these two gentlemen, civil with each other at SoSG Fest, would now be embroiled in a winner-take-all cage fight for a pair of free Dodgers tickets? (Matter of fact, now that I look at Mr. C a bit more closely, he does appear to have quite the smirk going on.) Best of luck, you two!
Oh yeah, and the game today. Oswalt was one of the few available pitchers at the trading deadline that the Dodgers coveted, but didn't get; he's started two games for the Phils since coming over and he has pitched 12.1 IP and given up 10 H and 6 ER (including one loss). Billingsley, on the other hand, has had his mettle questioned throughout his career by LA newspaper columnists who want to discard him; Bills has 3 ER in his last 27.2 IP (including a CG SHO in amassing 2 W and 1 L) and has looked pretty damn ace-like, if you asked me. I predict Bills rolls today (a prediction with which Dusty Baker agrees).