Clayton Kershaw (7-6, 3.14) vs. Ryan Vogelsong (8-4, 2.26).
The Hanley Ramirez Dodgers era has started with a bang, and we're seeing just as clearly now, too. The addition of another potent bat to the lineup, augmenting the offensive powerhouses of Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, and James Loney (ha! just wanted to see if you were awake there), has made all the difference in the last two games, in which we've outscored the Giants 15-3.
Today gives the Dodgers a chance at a sweep of the Giants, a 7-3 road trip, and a move back into first place. All we need is Kershaw (coming off his worst start of the year, a 8 ER disaster in St. Louis) to beat Vogelsong (who hasn't lost at home since May 3 and sports a 1.41 ERA at home). No pressure, Minotaur!
Oh, and I'll be there today, wearing a Dodgers hat and t-shirt. Post if you'll be there and want to grab a beer! Go Dodgers!
photo: Tony "Funky Cold" Medina / Getty Images North America, July 27, 2012