Josh Beckett (2-1, 2.89) vs. A.J. Burnett (3-3, 3.32).
It's the Battle of the Guys Who Were Really Good in 2007 & 2008! This morning Beckett helps determine whether this nine-game road trip against three of the worst teams in the NL is a winning or losing one (Dodgers are 4-4 so far).
The Dodgers have fallen into their old frustrating pattern of alternating wins and losses; they haven't won three straight since sweeping the Twins at the beginning of the month. Although League and Wilson seem to have stabilized the bullpen, the outfield situation remains tenuous. What the hell is going on with Matt Kemp?
And so here we are, at a rare time when the Kings are inarguably the best professional team in Los Angeles. The Dodgers have frustrated their fans by creating a cable channel most of us can't watch. The Lakers are, to put it mildly, in a state of transition. The Clippers are trying to shed their old baggage, which could take years.
But you know what they say: Winning cures all. Time to find a cure!