This is the rubber game of the three-game series, with the Dodgers having taken the opener and the Rockies emerging victorious in last night's blunderfest. The Rockies have alternated wins and losses for the last 15 games, so Dodgers are hoping for a continuation of that pattern.
Lilly has put up three quality starts as a Dodger and has been excellent. De La Rosa has made only 11 starts this season due to injury, and while he has an unsightly 4.99 ERA, his 4.28 FIP and 3.71 xFIP indicate that he is a better quality pitcher than that.
With a left-hander on the mound, Andre Ethier gets the night off, with Matt Kemp taking over in the three-spot of the batting order.
Nothing official yet, but Carlos Gonzalez is not expected to will not start tonight after coming out of last night's game after making a hard collision with the RF wall.
Vicente Padilla was place on the 15-day disabled list with a bulging disc in his neck. Both Joe Torre and Stan Conte confirmed that he was having issues in this area for the last two starts, but that they knew about it, that Padilla was not in danger of further injury, and that they left it to Padilla to decide if he could work through it. Travis Schlichting was recalled from Albuquerque to replace Padilla on the roster. At this point the team expects Padilla to miss one or two starts, but not the rest of the season.
- Torre also named Carlos Monasterios as the replacement starter tomorrrow night for Padilla, but left open the possibility that he "might get used in a long game tonight" and that he doesn't know who will start tomorrow if that were to occur.
- When asked about when the Dodgers might become sellers, Torre said that "we're not talking that way now". Torre also said that GM Ned Colletti was still "looking to plug some holes, shore up some areas" of the roster.
- Brad Hawpe, noted Dodger killer, was officially
releaseddesignated for assignment by the Rockies today. Meanwhile, the Padres placed Tony Gwynn, Jr. on the disabled list with a broken bone in his hand. Hmmmm. The Rockies called up LHP Matt Reynolds to take Hawpe's place on the 25-man roster.
- Matt Kemp was the first man in the cage this afternoon. Don Mattingly was throwing to him and coaching him before BP began.