Clayton Kershaw (1-1, 3.07) vs. Chris Narveson (1-0, 6.60).
COMMENTS: Nothing like a little home cooking to get us back in order. Following our fifth straight road series loss, the Dodgers came back and beat the vaunted Pittsburgh Pirates, 1979 World Series champions, three games to one--marking our third home series victory in three series. But before we get all warm and toasty in our belly, having beaten a team that hasn't had a winning record since the three-division realignment, let's focus on the dish that's been served to us today: a three-game series with Milwaukee.
We're going to need Xavier Paul, 3-for-9 with four runs scored in his two games batting leadoff, to keep setting the table for us. We'll need Kershaw to make sure his fastballs are poppin' fresh. And we'll need to make sure Larry Bowa doesn't get too salty watching the umps' calls this evening (okay, that was a stretch). Otherwise, Dodger fans will be clamoring for Ned to get back to the hot stove (which was not all that hot this winter).
But I'm hopeful. After all, isn't this piping-hot home cooking exactly what we'd want, to complement an ice-cold (10-15 record / fourth place in the NL Central) Brew? (Or you could make it a picnic, and eat dinner while sitting on your This Is My Town Fleece Blanket, given away tonight to the first 50K fans.)
(This thread also serves as the GameThread for Lakers vs. Utah Game 2 (7.30p tip), which according to StubHub may be a necessary game for the series tonight. Apparently, the Lakers weren't able to win the four-game series in one game. So, go Lakers!)