Clayton Kershaw (0-0, -.--) vs. Adam Wainwright (0-0, -.--).
What, we don't even get to bask in the afterglow of the Dodgers' Game 1 victory for at least 24 hours? There's no reason to believe Adam Wainwright will be as ineffective as Chris Carpenter was last night, but there's also no reason to believe Clayton Kershaw can't be much more effective than Randy Wolf was. Although stranding more men than "Lost" can be frustrating, it beats the alternative: more whiffs than alumni of "Friends" and "Seinfeld" combined. (Note: SoSG is not a Nielsen blog.)
Matt Kemp's highlight blow last night makes it tempting to overlook his defensive lapses to begin and end the game (although the first-inning misplay was largely Ronnie Belliard's doing). Let's hope Gold Glove-Bison returns today. Also overlooked from last night: James Loney and Casey Blake, each 2-for-4 at the plate. With offense again being at a premium today, let's also hope the Dodgers can start a rally before getting two outs.
Does it sound like I'm complaining? Sorry, I don't mean to sound ungrateful. Guess a four-hour nail-biter will do that to you. Today's a new day; the sun will be out, the shadows will be looming. And the Dodgers have the momentum (for what it's worth).
Pujols: Jae C. Hong/AP; Broxton: Matt A. Brown/MLB.com
UPDATE 2.37p: 20 minutes to game time...here's a shot from the Stadium from SoSG reader Alejandro Pena: