Sure, give a day off to the Dodgers, now that they're 9-1 over their last 10 games since the All-Star Break and finally have some momentum. Where was this break when we were floundering around in late May-early June, playing 20 games in a row?
But I digress.
Other NL West games of note today:
- Rockies @ Braves, 4p PT. Jorge De La Rosa (10-5, 2.97) vs. Brandon Beachy (0-0, -.--). Beachy comes back from Tommy John elbow reconstructive surgery today, making his first start since June 2012. Rockies have gone 5-5 in their last 10 games, despite playing all 10 at home against the woeful Cubs, the misled Marlins, and the Braun-less Brewers. Braves are in first place by 8.5 games in the East; Rox are 6.0 games behind the Dodgers and in third place.
- Reds @ Padres, 7p PT. Mike Leake (10-4, 2.73) vs. Sean O'Sullivan (0-2, 4.73). Cincinnati is reeling from losing three straight against the Dodgers this weekend, but are facing a pitcher who hasn't won a game yet in the National League (he's 10-16 lifetime, having pitched for the Angels and Royals). Padres are 9.0 GB the Dodgers, ahead of the last-place Giants by a game.
Arizona opens up a series @ Tampa Bay Tuesday; on Tuesday, the Giants also play @ Phillies.