Stephen Fife (4-3, 3.38) vs. Brandon McCarthy (4-9, 4.58).
Happy Whacking Day, everyone! It is finally time to drive the Snakes from the NL West! (They'd still be alive in the Wild Card, but on life support.)
Tonight's scenario isn't exactly how we envisioned it. Don Mattingly has given Clayton Kershaw some additional rest (lining him up to start Game 1 of the NLDS), so Stephen Fife takes the mound tonight in the first potential clinching game. Fife was, well, awful in his last appearance. With Kemp and Hanley (and possibly Carl Crawford) back in the lineup, though, Fife should have enough run support to be able to relax. Update (3:46p): Kemp and Crawford are in the lineup, but Hanley is OUT. Argh.
We can set aside the talk of Magic Numbers for now. A win in either of the next two games gets us in. A lot has gone wrong lately, but let's make it right tonight (tonight tonight).*