Aaron Harang (1-2, 5.72) vs. Travis Wood (0-0, -.--)
Today features a rubber match with the Cubs before our boys head back home. Here's hoping Harang can bounce back from his poor performance in Colorado. It should be easy pickings for the offense against Travis Wood, who will be making his Cubs debut today. Or Wood might be fired up for the start and pitch the game of his life. Or the baseball gods may mistake him for Kerry Wood and curse him with a long-term arm injury.
Dodgers will need a victory to be able to call the current roast trip a relative success, though that may be a bit of a stretch, and it would be nice to have a bit of momentum coming into what will be a tough home stand against the Giants. A win would also keep pace with MLB-leading Rays (19-9).
Best of all, this will be the last game (for awhile) that starts while most of us are still eating breakfast.
UPDATES: A little bit of a rain delay, but nothing serious. However, there is some bad news about Matt Kemp. Reportedly, a tight hamstring means Matty is scratched from the lineup, thus ending the longest active streak of consecutive games at 392.
UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: Kemp is available to pinch hit today.
YET ANOTHER UPDATE: Per @ESPNChiCubs, "Rain stopped but more storms building to west. Could be long day. Dodgers don't return...so they'll wait as long as possible"
GUESS WHAT THIS IS. AN UPDATE!: Appears getting the game in today is going to be difficult, and if it happens it will be later in the day. BUT we have hockey on now. Let's use this thread to comment and root on the Kings!