Josh Beckett (0-4, 5.24) vs. Brandon McCarthy (0-3, 7.22).
Josh Beckett, he of the six starts, the last of which lasted a whopping 4.0 IP for the loss, won't get a gift like this very often. Tonight he faces an opposing starting pitcher who is not only also winless, but whose ERA and WHIP are actually worse (a WHIP of 1.723 vs. 1.427 for Beckett). As the Dodgers peer up at the Giants (5.5 GB), the Rockies (5.0 GB), the Diamondbacks (3.5 GB), and even the (gasp!) Padres (0.5 GB), there's clearly no place to go but up.
And just think! To compensate attendees for having to suffer through another Beckett start (be forwarned: it could be a very loooooooooong game), the Dodgers are throwing in a t-shirt (rather than a white flag):
Even if a more appropriate t-shirt for distribution tonight might look something like this:
Okay, okay. Enough with the negativity! Go out there and show some pride tonight, Dodgers! (And don't get injured.)