Odrisamer Despaigne (pronounced O-DREE-SA-MEHR DES-PAWN-NYAY) (2-0, 0.92) vs. Clayton Kershaw (pronounced CLAY-TON KER-SHAW) (10-2, 1.85).
It's The Kid versus a kid tonight, as grizzled vet Kershaw (age: 26) brings his two Cy Youngs and his current 36-inning scoreless streak against the rookie Despaigne (age: 27), the Padres' Cuban import who's making the fourth start of his career.
The Dodgers are licking their wounds after a painful two-game sweep by the Tigers, while the Padres stack up like this:
- runs: 269 (30th overall)
- batting average: .215 (30th overall)
- on-base percentage: .275 (30th overall)
- slugging percentage: .337 (30th overall)
Piece of cake, right? Except the Pads always play the Dodgers tough (Dodgers are 4-2 against them so far this year). After that Verlander game, we know better than to take anything for granted.