It wouldn't be a three-game Dodger series without a rubber game. This is the ninth consecutive three-game series involving the Dodgers that is 1-1 going into the final game. The Dodgers are 6-2 in the previous eight such games.
Tonight, Randy Wolf will face Livan Hernandez. In Wolf's last two starts he has pitched six innings each time and given up two runs and one run, respectively. Continuing the trend, I expect Wolf to pitch six shutout innings against the Mets tonight. Last time the Dodgers faced Livan, I pointed out how hittable he was and the Dodgers went out and scored only once in seven innings off the ageless wonder.
Wolf has changed his number from 21 to 43, the number he used to wear with the Phillies.
Manny Ramirez played in his first complete game last night, so perhaps he is getting his legs under him now. Through five games of his comeback, Ramirez has played 22 innings in left field while Juan Pierre has played 25.
James Loney sat for the entire game last night (I was a little surprised he didn't pinch-hit for the right-handed Mark Loretta in the ninth inning), meaning no Dodger has appeared in all 84 games this season. Loney and Matt Kemp lead the club with 83 games played, while Orlando Hudson and Andre Ethier have each played 82.
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Today is the last game to get your guesses in for the Manny Ramirez T-shirt contest.
Game time: 4:10pm
TV: Prime Ticket (Eric Collins & Steve Lyons), MLB Network (Bob Costas & Jim Kaat)