Zack Greinke (8-3, 3.43) vs. Adam Wainwright (13-6, 2.61).
The Cardinals are a great baseball organization, as many have chronicled, and one would think the Cardinals, 65-45 and 1.5 games out of first in the NL Central, would be a terrifying road opponent (even for a Dodgers team than has won 14 consecutive road wins). The Cardinals are heating up offensively in this short month of August. And starting Wainwright in the first game is about as tough a card as the Dodgers could pull; he's got a 3.02 ERA lifetime against us.
And of course, given Stephen Fife's start yesterday in Chicago, Mattingly held back Greinke one day in order to let Zack go against a more formidable foe. But with Hanley Ramirez out due to a freak injury Sunday (not to mention possibly Yasiel Puig out due to a bruised left thumb; and Matt Kemp still on the DL), it sure doesn't look like a stacked lineup will be in the cards for the Dodgers tonight. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, indeed.