Clayton Kershaw (10-7, 1.91) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (10-5, 4.77).
Down 6-0 in the first game of this series with the red-hot Tampa Bay devil-less Rays, I thought this was going to be a rough weekend. But after a magnificent comeback victory Friday, and a big shutout win yesterday, I'm trying to prepare for today's End of Rays.
ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball will feature our *still unsigned* ace, Clayton Kershaw, whose 1.91 ERA leads the majors. Hellickson isn't bad, though this 4.77 ERA is about a run and a quarter north of his lifetime average, making this the worst ERA+ (81) of his four-year career.
Oh, and this afternoon marks the last game for James Loney at Dodger Stadium, possibly forever. Loney has a OPS of .807 this season, better any of the last four and a half years of his Dodger career. I always liked Loney as a Dodger (an early SoSG favorite), but he definitely disappointed after showing flashes of brilliance in his first two Dodger seasons. He never seemed to hit consistently after those years. So it's with mixed feelings that I look at his 10 HR and offensive resurgence this season, his first as a Ray. Loney, no more.