Clayton Kershaw (12-9, 2.68) vs. Jeff Francis (5-6, 5.54).
"The journey of six games begins with a single pitch," Lao Tzu is often credited with saying, and if the Dodgers are going to make a thing of this, that pitch will be coming from the left hand of Clayton Kershaw. Along with Matt Kemp, Kershaw has demonstrated he will put his body on the line as long as the Dodgers have a chance, and for that we should be thankful.
Unfortunately, the Rockies have a pocketful of the Dodgers' Kryptonite — soft-tossing lefties. Don't let those numbers fool you: last time Jeff Francis faced the Dodgers, it was ugly. The Dodger bats have been super for their past two games, resulting in eight runs per game. What happens when super meets Kryptonite?