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Open Thread: Game 39 - @ Colorado Rockies

The Dodgers nearly swept the Giants in San Francisco, with only a horrible save attempt by Baez preventing the sweep. In addition, they not only kept Bonds from getting home run number 714, they kept him from getting any hits at all.

Now the Dodgers embark on an opportunity to make a move in the division, as the road trip heads to Denver. The division is still tightly packed, with only four games seperating the first place Padres from the last place Giants. The Rockies have spent much of the season leading the division, but now trail the Padres by a game and lead the Dodgers by two. Its difficult not to fret over the blown leads so far, especially because they loom so large in a tight race. But the season is still young, and there will be plenty of opportunities for good fortune and clutch performances. In fact, this series represents another opportunity for the team of veterans (now supplemented by plenty of youth, like Martin, Ethier, Aybar, and Broxton) to prove their worth. If the bullpen can keep the ball in the park, I like thier chances.

The Pitching Matchup:

Brett Tomko (RHP, Dodgers) vs. Josh Fogg (RHP, Rockies)

For your (19-19) Los Angeles Dodgers:

Furcal, SS
Lofton, CF
Garciaparra, 1B
Drew, RF
Kent, 2B
Saenz, 3B
Cruz, LF
Martin, C
Tomko, P

For the (21-17) Colorado Rockies:

Sullivan, CF
Gonzalez, 2B
Helton, 1B
Atkins, 3B
Holliday, LF
Hawpe, RF
Barmes, SS
Ardoin, C
Fogg, P