Game thread generator isn't working. The Dodgers are using the usual lineup, except Marlon Anderson is starting in place of J.D. Drew.
The Pirates are sending Shawn Chacon to the mound. Pirate fans have given him the nickname "B.P.", so things are looking up for the Dodgers.
They'll need the win since Philadelphia beat the Cubs 6-2, and the Padres are sending David Wells to face Edgar Gonzalez.
Best case scenario: The Dodgers lead the NL West by .5 games, while Philadelphia trials by one.
Worst case scenario: The Dodgers fall 1.5 back of the Padres while the Phillies tie the Dodgers for the wild card lead.
The magic number is still 11 over the Phillies.