Dan Haren (7-4, 3.54) vs. Ian Kennedy (5-8, 3.72).
Boy, it's been an emotional couple of weeks in the Southern California sports scene, hasn't it? The Kings and their heart-attack inducing ways, the passing of Tony Gwynn, Clayton Kershaw's no-hitter. It's a great reminder that pro sports sometimes becomes more than just a bunch of millionaires chasing a ball or puck around. These milestones give Southern California legitimacy and legacy on the national stage.
The fourth-place Padres (31-42) are on a two-game winning streak, having split a series against the Mariners. The Dodgers are currently four games back of the Giants, who are taking on the woeful, vengeful Diamondbacks. Yes, we have to root for those shitheels (to appropriate an SoSG Dusty term) for the next three days, so prepare your nosegays.
Lost in the Kershaw kerfuffle is the Dodgers' improved play at home. They're 5-1 on their current homestand and averaged six runs a game against the Rockies. Perhaps not coincidentally, offensive production from the outfield positions has stabilized since Crawford went on the DL, with Kemp and Puig corner outfield fixtures and Ethier and Van Slyke sharing centerfield duties. Is a trade in the offing?