Josh Beckett (0-1, 2.80) vs. Jacob Turner (0-0, 6.75).
According to the LAT's snazzy new graphic, the Dodgers' 2014 payroll (at $229,335,934) ranks first in the majors, while the Marlins' $45,825,400 payroll ranks dead last. And yet, here we are in May, watching two 19-loss teams field field two starters, each with a non-existent mass of wins this season: Jacob Turner, who has three wins to his name since September 30, 2012; and the Dodgers' Josh Beckett, who has ZERO wins to his name since that date. So exactly which one is David, and which one is Goliath, might be counterintuitive here.
If it's any consolation for the Dodgers, coming off a big win Monday and looking for consecutive wins for the first time since May 1, it's that Turner is 0-9 with a 3.80 ERA in 16 career road starts. This is Turner's first game at Dodger Stadium. Let's hope the Dodger bats can break out early and avoid any sort of Turner's rebellion against statistical expectations.
UPDATE 4:40p: Based on today's lineup, what will happen when the Dodgers' seven-hole takes his at bat against the similar-surnamed Jacob Turner? I mean, I know that Juan Uribe is out of action, but won't this be a little Backup-man Turner Overdrive?