Clayton Kershaw (14-8, 1.89) vs. Homer Bailey (10-10, 3.42).
Where are we with our knee-jerk thinking? The Dodgers have lost three straight for the first time since early June. They're beating up on bad teams but their only two series losses in the second half of the season have been to the Red Sox and Reds. We can't beat playoff-caliber teams? Of the rest of the Dodgers' regular-season opponents, only the Diamondbacks have a winning record — so we won't get to test that theory until the playoffs.
In the meanwhile, let's enjoy today's putative pitching duel between Kershaw, who's coming off two rough starts, and Bailey, who is riding a 14 1/3-inning scoreless streak. It's Clay vs. Homer. Ping Pong vs. Batman. Arise Africa vs. The Guy Who Broke Manny Ramirez's hand. Time for payback!