Clayton Kershaw (8-6, 2.73) vs. Dan Haren (11-7, 2.57).
COMMENTS: "One game at a time," the cliché goes, but let's face it: Not taking this series against the 52-63 Diamondbacks would be a disappointment. The Dodgers' toughest test this weekend will be facing Arizona's de facto ace, Haren. However, Haren has hit a rough patch in his past few starts, admitting, "It's no secret, I'm scuffling right now." Cat's out of the bag!
It's also no secret that Kershaw is currently the ace of the Dodgers' staff. To put this into perspective, Tim Lincecum — the Cy Young-pitcher who didn't get the victory against the Dodgers on Wednesday — is 25 years old. Kershaw is 21. You could say he's in the catbird seat.
The Dodgers are 5.0 games ahead of the Rockies, 6.5 ahead of the Giants. They also have a 32-13 record against the rest of the NL West this season. It's time to sharpen your claws, gentlemen.