Jonathan Broxton picked up his 100th strikeout Monday, striking out Justin Upton to end the eighth inning. He now has 101 strikeouts on the season, leading all major league relievers. To put that total in perspective, there are 92 starters in the major leagues with enough innings to qualify for the ERA title, and Broxton has more strikeouts than 25 of them. Broxton's teammate, Jon Garland, has 89 strikeouts in 174.2 innings. Broxton has collected his 101 strikeouts in 66.2 innings, good for 13.64 strikeouts per nine innings.
Billy Buckner, whom the Dodgers beat last Thursday at Dodger Stadium, has allowed opposing hitters to hit .317/.380/.554 in his career, with 19 home runs in 413 plate appearances.
The Dodgers have hit 20 home runs in their last 14 games, tied with Colorado for the most in the National League during that time.
Manny Ramirez has four home runs in his last nine games, including one off Buckner last week.
You do the math.
Here are tonight's lineups. Casey Blake is still out with a sore hamstring:
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Game Time: 6:40pm