Clayton Kershaw (8-2, 2.24) vs. Shelby Miller (7-6. 3.75).
Yesterday's 9-1 win, coupled with yesterday's extra-inning loss by the Giants (who have dropped 14 of 18), puts the Dodgers a mere one game out of the division lead. Which is truly remarkable, let's face it. Suddenly, the Dodgers are playing error-free ball even if no one can confirm these lack of errors on television broadcasts; meanwhile, the Giants are playing before their smallest home crowds in almost three years. With yesterday's win, the Dodgers will have only lost one series this month (June 2-4 vs. White Sox). The Dodgers' are making footsteps, and others are listening...and shaking.
So there's no better person to start today than Clayton Kershaw, who has a 21.1 inning streak of scoreless innings, not to mention a beard that's getting crazily bushier each day. Kershaw was poised yesterday during the game, and there's no reason to think he'll get rattled today, even by a team that went 4-0 agagainst him last year (twice in the regular season, and twice in the NLCS).
But at least he's healthy. Miller, on the other hand, is coming off a truncated start in Colorado, where he was removed after 2.2 IP (3 ER, 5 BB) due to stiffness in his back. Still, his bullpen session Friday seemed fine, and I'm guessing the newly-married pitcher will probably be pretty nonplussed as he drives the parking lot circles while entering Dodger Stadium grounds tomorrow. Or perhaps I could put this, "Shelby: calm, and 'round the mountain"? That really doesn't make any sense, I know.