Hiroki Kuroda (10-13, 3.36) vs. Mat Latos (14-7, 2.84).
COMMENTS: Surprise, Padres! You're exceeding expectations this season, thereby causing you to extend the 22-year-old Latos beyond initial projections. Latos threw 123 innings in 2009 (72.1 in the minors + 50.2 in the majors) and has already thrown 168 innings in 2010. The Verducci Effect posits that "pitchers under the age of 25 who have 30-inning increases year over year tend to underperform." So, as with Adrian Gonzalez, the Padres might be exchanging future worth in their chase for the 2010 playoffs. Make Latos throw a lot of pitches tonight, Dodgers!