Dan Haren (5-3, 3.16) vs. Gerrit Cole (4-3, 3.76).
The Dodgers, who had been "surging" until Clayton Kershaw's loss yesterday, invite the Pirates to Chavez Ravine for four games. Dan Haren will be greeting Pittsburgh with a ERA almost a full point less than his overall ERA (2.39 in four starts).
The Pirates start Gerrit Cole, who has helped the Bucs win four of his last five starts (Cole went 2-1 with two NDs). The SoCal native and UCLA Bruin has only faced the Dodgers once in his two MLB seasons, beating us 6-3 in June of last year by going a modest 5.2 IP, yielding three runs, and getting the win. Last year, however, the Pirates streaked; they're now sitting in fourth place in the NL Central; and even though the Dodgers have struggled this season, Los Angeles still ranks third in the NL in batting average (.258), OBP (.326), and slugging percentage (.416).
Tonight is Fan T-shirt Stadium Giveaway Night, so there should be a good crowd on board to cheer on the team (not like we can watch the game at home, can we?). As for whether Gerrit will serve as judge and jury? It might not be a picnic out there for the Dodgers tonight, but on the other hand I don't expect to see Cole's Law.
Wow, that pun was not worth the effort.