Whistling past the graveyard

After watching his club come up with a collective nine hits in its first two games of the season and strand eight baserunners in tonight’s loss, Grady Little offered a bold prediction about his club, which is hitting .143: “We think we’re going to jump on somebody tomorrow.” Well, that somebody will have to be Jeff Suppan, who while with St. Louis last season allowed the Dodgers just one earned run in 14 innings over two appearances. Little’s comment clearly was meant to convey an absence of panic for the 0-2 Dodgers, who are a fashionable pick to win the National League pennant this season. But what Grady and the Dodgers really need tonight is a command performance from Jason Schmidt in his Dodgers debut — something they got from Derek Lowe in a 2-1 victory here last Sept. 6, the last time the Dodgers went into the final game of a series at Miller Park looking to avoid being swept.

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