Zack Greinke (11-6, 2.90) vs. Tim Lincecum (9-6, 3.65).
"There's never any controversy or distractions around a Bochy team. They just play hardball," writes Richard Justice at MLB.com. Look, we get it. The Giants have chemistry, magic bat-splintering googly-eyed aliens, and Chardonnay. They turn fool's gold into MelkyScutaroHudson. They are the Littlest $154-Million-Payroll Team That Could.
That would make the Dodgers the bad guys, and tonight the bad guys are starting Greinke in the type of game they are paying him $147 million to win. Not give-his-team-a-chance win, but terminate-with-extreme-prejudice win. Zack will be with the services of a hobbled Hanley Ramirez, thanks to the plunk-happy Cardinals pitching staff, and Yasiel Puig will be able to don his Superman tights tonight. The bullpen? Stuck on Krypton.
Greinke-Kershaw-Ryu. It's the best the Dodgers have to offer against the grittiest team in the NL West. Let's keep it clean, and no hits below the Belt!