Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 4.50) vs. Barry Zito (2-0, 2.25).
COMMENTS: Your Monday. How's it looking? The answer: You can't tell yet, because a Dodgers-Giants series hangs in the balance today. On Friday the power of the Dodgers' bats outlasted the incompetence of their bullpen, and wings were had by all. But yesterday, Tim Lincecum threw his glove and bat around, and it was the first time the Dodgers have been shut out this year. In fact, it was only the second game in which the Dodgers have scored fewer than five runs.
Today we get two lefties: Kid K against Barefoot Barry. As with Chad Billingsley, the Dodgers would love for Kershaw to go deeper into games, especially since Kershaw has as many walks as strikeouts (11) so far. Joe Torre doesn't seem to have as tight a leash on Kershaw this year, having allowed him to throw 109 and 110 pitches in his first two games.
Meanwhile, Matt Kemp's streak of home games with a homer is over at four. Time to start another one.
Oh, and this will also act as your Game Thread for today's Lakers playoff game, which starts at 12n PT. No pressure, boys: