Saturday's match has Moss pitted against Perez. Perez, despite the 3-2 loss against the Giants, pitched an excellent game. Look for him to try and repeat that performance despite the swollen left ankle that pushed his start from Thursday to Saturday. Damian Moss needs to settle down, laying off the high part of the strike zone - he hasn't really been successful with that.
Sunday pits rookie wonder Kurt Ainsworth against Hideo Nomo. Nomo is looking for a win after losing at Pac Bell (a park where he had, up until last Thursday, never lost) and he has the stuff to get it. Again, go up the middle with this guy and steal, steal, steal. Richie, here's your chance to get one base closer to your free dinner! Barry, get closer to 500!
However, the Dodgers offense hasn't exactly been putting up the numbers. Sure Shawn Green makes contact look easy. Too bad the rest of the team isn't the same way... well, maybe bad for them.
The key to this game, however, lies in the Giants closer. 2 of the 3 games we played against them had LA scoring a run in the 9th during a save opportunity. With the upcoming surgery for Robb Nen putting him out of the lineup for quite sometime, Jim Brower looks to become a regular in a bullpen that has no official closer. While Tim Worrell seems to be the main choice, Scott Eyre, Brower and Felix Rodriguez have all seen 9th inning save opportunities. Could this be SF's version of 'Bullpen by Committee'?