Padilla, Dodgers Look To Grease Skids For Padres' Runaway Train

LOS ANGELES CA - AUGUST 04: Starting pitcher Vicente Padilla #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after the final out in the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on August 4 2010 in Los Angeles California. The Dodgers defeated the Padres 9-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Vicente Padilla returns from the disabled list tonight to make his first start since August 15, as he had a bulging disc in his neck. He will be facing a reeling Padres team, who has lost 10 straight games, but is still in first place in the National League West.

Since the All-Star break, the Dodger starting pitchers have been very good. Their top five pitchers have 33 quality starts in 43 opportunities, or 76.7% of the time.

Pitcher Starts QS IP IP/GS W-L H R ER BB K ERA WHIP
Kuroda 10 8 67.2 6.77 3-5 47 21 20 14 57 2.66 0.901
Billingsley 10 8 64.1 6.43 4-4 51 21 19 23 41 2.66 1.150
Kershaw 10 8 64.0 6.40 2-5 58 25 22 26 63 3.09 1.313
Lilly 7 6 45.1 6.48 5-1 31 16 16 8 43 3.18 0.860
Padilla 6 3 35.1 5.89 2-2 27 16 15 13 25 3.82 1.132
Monasterios 5 0 20.2 4.13 0-3 28 13 11 4 16 4.79 1.548
McDonald 1 0 5.0 5.00 0-1 9 4 4 2 5 7.20 2.200
Totals 49 33 302.1 6.17 16-21 251 116 107 90 250 3.19 1.128

John Lindsey will wear number 35 for the Dodgers, previously worn this year by Ramon Ortiz and Jack Taschner; Russ Mitchell will wear number 9. To make room on the 40-man roster, as expected, the Dodgers transferred Russell Martin to the 60-day disabled list, per Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times.

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Game Time:  7:05 p.m.

TV:  KCAL

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