It's an exciting time for this year's team. Gagne is back (and looking like himself, for what it's worth). All kinds of kids are up and playing well with the big club. The team is in a battle for first place. And all of this is coming off of a fairly moderate ten game stretch in terms of overachieving. Martin and Aybar have cooled a bit, but Kemp and Ethier are staying hot. If the recent surge was a result of everything going right at once, the current meandering can be seen as nothing going too horribly wrong.
Starting pitching hasn't been too hot lately, and with things going well in the field and at the plate, it looks like Colletti will be targeting starting pitching in his trade talks this June. With all the prospects putting on a show for the other GM's, and with the team's ability to trade at least a servicable veteran to plug the hole left by giving up a starter, I'd say he has a reasonable chance of getting someone to part with a front-of-the-rotation starter. It'll be tough to say goodbye to whomever gets traded, but it's the right thing to do. The trick is picking the right "Pedro" to trade.
I can't post the lineups because I have to pick up my family at the airport. I'll add them when I get home if the game is still on. Tomko got hammered last time up, and has struggled for a while now. I wouldn't be surprised if the place Odalis takes in the rotation turns out to be Tomko's rather than Seo's, but Little has chosen to shelve Seo, and it's hard to argue..
The Pitching Matchup:
Alay Soler (RHP, Mets) vs. Brett Tomko (RHP, Dodgers)