Clayton Kershaw (9-6, 2.88) vs. Mark Buehrle (9-10, 3.70).
Lots of storylines in this one. Hanley Ramirez' return to Miami. Ramirez' SS successor, Jose Reyes, on a wild hitting streak...(wait, scratch that). Cy Young Award winner Kershaw versus perfect-game thrower Buehrle (who hasn't won in his last four starts). One game separating the Dodgers and first place (the Giants host the Rockies at 7p).
But the only real plot is this: we've got 50 games left in this season. If the Dodgers are going to make a run, getting a headstart on some wins during the front end of this ten-game road trip is critical, as we'll continue on next week for four games in Pittsburgh and three in Atlanta (followed by a three-game series with the Giants at home).
Baseball Prospectus' Playoff Odds has us at a 27.9% chance of making the playoffs, by far the worst percentage of any of the second-place NL division teams (we are 3.5 games out of the second wild card spot). We need to have a good weekend, carrying on the momentum of our last game against the Rockies, rather than the impotence of the prior two games. Let's hope we can knock the lights out in Marlins Park. Or at least knock the lights out of that left-center field monstrosity.