LOS ANGELES -- It's more about survival than advancement right now.
If the Los Angeles Dodgers make it until Thursday's tiebreaker, manager Don Mattingly said they will use Joe Blanton against the St. Louis Cardinals. If they survive that, they'll go with Josh Beckett on his normal four days' rest in Atlanta. They contemplated moving Beckett up a day on short rest, but decided a rested Blanton -- who has made three good starts in a row -- gives them a better chance to win.
"If we get to that game, we're going to be feeling pretty good," Mattingly said.
Clayton Kershaw will make Wednesday's start against the San Francisco Giants regardless of whether it means anything. Kershaw missed two starts with a hip injury, but Mattingly said he feels no pain in the hip any longer. The Dodgers would be eliminated tonight with a loss or Cardinals win.
The problem might be tonight. Dodgers starter Chris Capuano is dealing with some pain in his left shoulder blade, a nagging injury he picked up while taking batting practice Monday. There's also this: He is 1-6 with a 5.21 ERA against the Giants in 12 career appearances.
"It's a fairly tough matchup," Mattingly said.
Here are tonight's lineups:
Angel Pagan CF
Buster Posey 1B
Hunter Pence RF
Xavier Nady LF
Mark Ellis 2B
Matt Kemp CF
Luis Cruz 3B
Andre Ethier RF