Today there are a number of possibilities for the Dodgers. Will Jason Schmidt be able to get through five innings, as he did Monday night, or will his 87 mph fastball and 83 mph change up provide the impetus for a Marlin offensive attack? I don't think anybody knows just what to expect today.
The Dodger offense will face Chris Volstad, who returns to the site of his first major league start, a 3-1 win last July. Volstad gives up the long ball, having surrendered 20 home runs so far this season. His rate of 1.5 homer per nine innings is 6th worst in the National League. With today's daytime start coupled with the heat, there could be a lot of souvenirs in the bleachers today.
Andre Ethier has reached base in his last eight plate appearances, and has a six-game hitting streak during which he's hitting .591/.654/1.091.
Right now (9:25am), Juan Pierre is the only player on the field, running and stretching in the outfield while wearing his "Beast Mode" t-shirt. Does that mean he's in today's lineup? I'm not sure, but I should find out in about a half hour or so.
Get your guesses in for today's "Clogging The Bases" here.
Game Time: 1:10pm
TV: Prime Ticket