Zack Greinke (14-3, 2.74) vs. Patrick Corbin (14-6, 2.92).
Coming off a three-game losing streak against the Giants, in the opening game of the series last night, Don Mattingly inexplicably resorted to having Juan Uribe bunt with two on and none out in the ninth inning. Uribe has a career sacrifice bunting percentage of 79%, higher than the MLB norm of 69%. But Dodger fans took a punch to the gut when this ridiculous managerial moved had Uribe force Michael Young at third (trading an out for...nothing), which then gave way to Nick Buss (batting eighth, at .182) and PH Matt Kemp (fresh off a two-month DL stint) to go and seal the loss for the Dodgers. If this was Connect Four, we'd be done.
Lucky for us, we're playing a different game. Before five in a row comes, the Snakes have to get through Zack Greinke, which ain't gonna happen. Greinke is 11-1 in his last 16 outings dating back to June 22, including a win over Arizona (he also has a ND vs. Arizona from earlier this season). Corbin's no slouch--2-0 with a 2.60 ERA in three career starts vs. LA--but we've got this one. Magic number will drop to two after tonight's game. After all, we don't want to break the heart of that cute kid in the image above.
(But just to be sure, I'm altering the GT post time by a couple of minutes. Superstition, and all that.)