Billingsley-Zito IV Begins A Run Of Divisional Games For The Dodgers

If there is one thing the Dodgers have done well this season, it's playing within the division.

2010 Record Within NL West
Team W L Pct
Dodgers 30 18 .625
Rockies 27 24 .529
Padres 28 25 .528
Giants 23 27 .460
Diamondbacks 20 34 .370

The Dodgers did start 25-8 against the NL West this season, but have lost 10 of their last 15 games against divisional foes. They have a chance to turn that around, as 24 of their last 28 games are against the NL West. They have a home and road series left with each club in the division, beginning with the Giants visiting Los Angeles tonight.

Chad Billingsley has started thrice against the Giants this season, and Barry Zito has been his mound opponent each time. The two face off again tonight in the series opener with San Francisco. Expect a low-scoring affair, as the two teams have combined for just 11 runs in their previous three matchups.

Billingsley has allowed just two runs in 21 2/3 innings against the Giants this season, but only has one win to show for it. The win came here in LA on July 21, when he threw a five-hit shutout.

Zito has actually faced the Dodgers four times this season, and like Billingsley hasn't had much run support. He has allowed five runs in 27 2/3 innings, a 1.63 ERA, but is 0-1 with three no-decisions against the Dodgers this season.

UPDATES: Rafael Furcal has been activated and will lead off (thanks Alex41592).  The Dodgers also recalled A.J. Ellis.

Get your guesses in for Xeifrank's game simulation here.

Game Time: 7:10 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

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