Dan Haren (7-4, 3.62) vs. James Shields (8-3, 3.70).
Dodgers' record in June: 13-9. Giants' record in June: 9-12. Dodgers have gone from 9.5 to 3 games back within that span. The lesson here is clear: Always have Clayton Kershaw on your team.
But even Clayton can't do it all on his own. Haren has been so-so in June, posting a 4.63 ERA with a 2.2 K/BB ratio, so he's going to need offensive help from the likes of Dee (.247/.317/.425 in June) and AGon (.200/.256/.307 in June). Look at those numbers! How are winning any non-Kershaw starts? (Well, Kemp is .316/.382/.519 for the month.)
And apparently, they're going to have to do it without Hanley in the starting lineup today.
As for Shields, let's let STATS LLC (via ESPN) tell the story: "Shields (8-3, 3.70 ERA) has gone 5-0 in nine starts since losing to Detroit on May 2, but he's posted a 5.54 ERA and allowed nine homers in his last six. He's benefited from 7.25 runs of support per game during the undefeated stretch."
In other words, let's destroy that Shields and his offensive generator. BOOM!