Clayton Kershaw (4-3, 2.42) vs. Vance Worley (3-2, 3.07).
It may not be reasonable for a team that has dropped six of its last seven to start mocking the opposing pitcher in a Game Thread, I know. Especially not since Kershaw certainly hasn't been himself of late (since his CG SHO three outings ago, he's taken two losses over 12.2 IP, giving up 7 ER). Kershaw sports a 0-4 record with a 5.18 ERA against the Phillies, which also isn't good. So yeah, we're definitely the David in this battle.
But that mlb.com picture! I mean, not to make a spectacle of it, but that's a pretty cornea mugshot for a third-year pitcher trying to build upon his 11-3 season last year. Worley, returning from the DL to take the place of Roy Halladay, lens his arm to the bottom-dwelling Phillies, 3.5 GB the NL East-leading Nationals. But Worley is 0-0 with a 13.50 ERA against the Dodgers (4.0 IP, 6 ER), by far his worst team-specific record. I'm betting that the Dodgers lineup makes plenty of contacts with Worley's pitches this afternoon, especially with the probable return of Juan Rivera. Iris my case.
Note: This GT goes back to the :01 launch time, consistent with the last time the Dodgers won a game.