Clayton Kershaw (8-6, 2.89) vs. Kenshin Kawakami (5-9, 4.38).
COMMENTS: The Dodgers are 3-4 in August and seem totally schizophrenic from night to night, alternating wins and losses all month. One night after they show some backbone and plunk Prince Fielder in a 17-4 rout, they roll over like a dog and lose 4-1 to the same team. Then Andre Ethier takes the air out of the Braves' sails with a walkoff home run, before we forget to show up for the 12th inning and watch the Braves ice the game with a four-run frame.
According to pattern, we should pull out a win tonight with Kershaw on the mound, who is looking to rebound from a short start last time where he clearly lacked control. Our bullpen needs the rest after using everyone and his mom last night, including Jonathan Broxton, whose blown save in the ninth has poured fuel on the rumors that a lingering injury may exist; a long outing tonight from the Minotaur would be huge. Between Kershaw and Kenshin Kawakami, there's a lot of Ks on the mound tonight. Let's hope the Dodgers don't notch some Ks at the plate, as well.