With yesterday's complete game shutout loss against the Brewers (9-0) and their third loss in a row, the Dodgers' lead over the Padres in the NL west has been cut to one game.
NL Pitcher of the Month for August Derek Lowe pitches today; obviously they need a win, and Lowe has always been strong late in the season. They also need to shore up their rotation. I like the idea of starting Kuo instead of Hendrickson, but with Billingsly injured we may be stuck with the ex-NBA player for a while. Sele is not a great option as he's always been weak late in the season.
The Angels won in the 10th with a walk-off homer by Adam Kennedy, they are now 5.5 games back from Oakland. They have to do just about everything right for the rest of the month, but it's still possible they could win the division.
Red Sox won and Yankees lost to the worst team in baseball (KC), but they are still 8 games back, that's just too much to hope for.