Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 1.35) vs. Blake Treinen (0-0, 1.35).
All the talk today will be about the return of Clayton Kershaw to the Dodgers, who have struggled with a triple-A revolving door of talent while waiting for the ace's return of a six-week DL stint. Some savages would have you believe that the Dodgers' season is already lost. But I refuse to have accepted the Dodgers' mediocre 18-15 record as a portent of things to come (after all, last season's 42-8 tear came only after a 30-42 start, midway through June), and instead think that Kershaw's return, coupled with some timely slump-busting sports from [whomever in our outfield is healthy enough to play tonight], will be the talk of the town.
The Nationals call up Blake Treinan to the majors for his first career start today. He's given up two runs in 11.2 IP in Syracuse. Anecdotally, the Dodgers tend to struggle with pitchers we have not seen prior. So in a clutch situation with a hitter's count, coming off yesterday's shutout loss, it will be interesting to see if Mattingly gives the green lantern to swing for the fences. (My word, that was a painful setup.)
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