Clayton Kershaw (12-7, 2.84) vs. Ian Kennedy (11-11, 4.44)
There are a lot of reasons why the new-look Dodgers need to get rolling here, not the least of which is that there are 31 games left in the season (including tonight) and we face a 3.5 game deficit in the division (and 1.5 games in the wild card, where we trail Atlanta and St. Louis as well as Pittsbugh (1 GB)). The Dodgers are 2-3 since the Adrian Gonzalez And The Extras (AGATE) maneuver, so we have a chance to level-set that deal as well.
The Dodgers are 4-8 against the Snakes this year (with six head-to-head matches to go); the Dodgers also have a pathetic record against the NL West (24-27), whom we'll see for all seven games on this homestand. And, we have a chance to show the haters that despite the rash of injuries, the Dodgers can still prevail over evil.
But the biggest reason of all for the Dodgers to get their A-game on tonight is the fact that it's Vin Scully Bobblehead night, the final bobblehead night of the year. The Dodgers are a woeful 2-7 on bobblehead nights this year. But tonight we have Scully throwing out the first pitch; his granddaughter Mackenzie Luderer will also kick off the game with the anthem, and Scully's family will herald "It's Time For Dodger Baseball".
Tonight, we absolutely need to win. For Vin.