The Dodgers kick things off on the road beginning with a 3 game series tonight against the defending NL Champion Houston Astros at the Juice Box, aka Minute Maid Park. Tonight’s probables arguably could be the prime pitching matchup of the series as Derek Lowe faces off against Andy Pettite. These two should be very familiar with each other, having faced each other during their Red-Sox/Yankees days. Lowe is coming off his best start of the season against the Cubs, going 7 innings, allowing only 1 run . Pettite, though off to a slow start, is 2-0 lifetime against the Blue. Houston, despite injuries to key players Brandon Backe and Jeff Bagwell, and the absence of the Rocket, are off to a hot start and are sure not to repeat last season 15-30 start of the season. Houston, regarded by many this season as a team with a lot of question marks , currently is atop the NL Central with a 13-5 record.
Jose Cruz Jr., son of former Houston Astros outfielder and current 1B coach Jose Cruz, holds a lifetime average of .419 ( 18-43 ) against Pettite .
Roof at MMP, weather permitting, is expected to remain open for the 3 game series. The roof was a hot topic during last years WS . Despite of the wishes of the Astros and it’s fans, MLB ordered the roof open for games 3 and 4 of the WS.
AND FINALLY FROM THE 1B DUGOUT…