Dodgers Look To Snap Five-Game Skid In Finale With Cardinals

The Dodgers have had to scratch and claw for every run so far in this series.

 

The Dodgers are reeling, having dropped five straight, and they try to avoid a four-game sweep at the hands of the St. Louis Cardinals. Chad Billingsley gets the call today, trying to beat Chris Carpenter. It might not matter if Billingsley can't pitch with a lead, as bizarrely suggested by Tony Jackson of ESPN LA earlier this week, since St. Louis has owned this series, outscoring the Dodgers 29-9 in the first three games.

For today's preview, here is something obscure from each member of today's starting nine:

Padilla Begins Rehab Assignment Today

Vicente Padilla will begin his rehab assignment today with the Class A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Padilla threw bullpen sessions on back-to-back days on Thursday and Friday, and is expected to throw 25 pitches today. The Quakes are home today facing the Lake Elsinore Storm, the Padres' affiliate in the Cal League, at 2:05 p.m. You can listen online here.

Padilla will start today's game, take Monday off, then pitch again for the Quakes on Tuesday. Both outings will be one inning, with Padilla on a 25-pitch limit. If he happens to finish his inning in quick order, Padilla will finish by throwing in the bullpen. If Padilla feels fine after the Tuesday outing, he could join the Dodgers on their upcoming road trip, which begins Friday at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

As far as Padilla's role when he returns, manager Don Matingly said before the game today that he trusts Padilla to pitch in relief "at any time during the game."

Lineups

Cardinals   Dodgers
SS
Theriot

LF Gwynn
CF
Rasmus
SS Carroll
1B
Pujols

RF Ethier
LF
Holliday
CF Kemp
RF
Berkman

3B Uribe
3B
Freese
1B Loney
C
Molina
C Barajas
2B
Descalso

2B
Miles
P
Carpenter       

P Billingsley      

In Case You Missed It

Earlier this morning there have been several posts:

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Game Time: 1:10 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

MLB Gameday

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