Jon Garland (-, -.--) vs. Kyle Lohse (1-1, 3.00).
Ah, that familiar deflated feeling. The Dodgers must be under .500 again! Who had 13 games in the pool?
Garland, hopefully recovered from the strained oblique he suffered during spring training, is making is season debut. He threw a rehab start in Rancho Cucamonga (or Cucomango, as I've heard it called), using 81 pitches in 4 2/3 innings and allowing three runs on six hits. Not exactly inspiring, especially at the Single-A level.
Despite hitting the ball pretty hard last night, Jamie Hoffman went 0 for 3 and was sent down to Albuquerque after the game. So you can say goodbye to the deadly 7-8 punch of Hoffman-Ellis.
There's not a lot of recent history between the Dodgers and Lohse — he only threw three games against them in 2009 and 2010, and missed them altogether last year. In other words, conditions are ripe for anything to happen. Will the Dodgers break their three-game losing streak? I'm hopeful...but not holding my breath.