Blanton, Beckett possible for tiebreaker start

Blanton, Beckett possible for tiebreaker start

LOS ANGELES -- It's a long shot for the Dodgers to make the playoffs, but manager Don Mattingly still has his pitchers preparing as if they will be playing past Wednesday's regular-season finale.

Focused on playing one game at a time, Mattingly admitted he hasn't even thought about who would start a tiebreaker if the Dodgers caught the Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot.

As of now, Aaron Harang, Chris Capuano and Clayton Kershaw are scheduled to pitch against San Francisco to close out the regular season.

The odds aren't in the Dodgers' favor with the Cardinals needing to lose two games and Los Angeles likely needing to sweep the Giants. But if everything went the team's way over the next few days, Thursday would be Joe Blanton's day to pitch. Blanton is 2-4 with a 4.99 ERA with the Dodgers, but he threw six scoreless innings in his last start.

Another possibility to start that game would be Josh Beckett, who allowed just one run in six innings Sunday. Mattingly said he'd consider going with Beckett on short rest, but he acknowledged how he thought the entire rotation has thrown the ball pretty well lately.

But for now, the Dodgers need to continue winning and hope for a Cincinnati series win in St. Louis for that to even matter.