Clayton Kershaw (2-2, 3.00) vs. Chris Volstad (1-1, 6.60).
After the revolting end to yesterday's game, I'm going to volunteer this: We're going to win today's game. It may sound like a frivolous claim, but we've got our ace and their pitcher has a career 4.91 ERA against us. Sure, that's not volumes of evidence, but I'm also hoping the baseball gods will feel benevolent towards us today and take the edge off yesterday's volatile loss.
A win today will also involve good hitting. Wouldn't it be lovely if our offensive game evolved from singles and sacrifices to a megavolt, volcanic power game? Andre Ethier, with his 22-game hitting streak, and Matt Kemp, disciplined under his own volition, are a good place to start. My fan philosophy isn't convoluted; it just revolves around this simple thought: All you need is vole.