Reeling Dodgers Look To Avoid Sweep

The Dodgers began the season winning 23 of their first 29 games against the National League West. However, they have lost 15 of 23 divisional games since then, including dropping the last four games. They look to avoid a San Diego sweep with tonight's finally.

Chad Billingsley has yet to allow a run at Petco Park this season. He pitched six innings on July 27 and 7 1/3 innings on May 16, both wins.

Cory Luebke is making his second big league start  for the Padres tonight, after allowing four runs in five innings against the Rockies on Friday, including two home runs at Petco Park. John Lindsey faced the southpaw Luebke once in the minors this season, on August 15 in Portland. Against Luebke, Lindsey walked once and struck out twice in three plate appearances.

On this day 50 years ago, Joe Torre signed his first professional baseball contract, with the Braves, writes Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times.

Here's a cool look at Ned Colletti calling Lindsey after he got news of his major league callup. As Chris Volk of Dodgerfan.net astutely noted, Colletti told Lindsey that the Dodgers would fly Lindsey's family out to Houston, which suggests he will get playing time during that series.

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

Game Time:  7:05 p.m.

TV:  Prime Ticket, ESPN

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