Clayton Kershaw (20-3, 1.80) vs. Tim Hudson (9-12, 3.52).
There are rumors buzzing that Tim Hudson, coming off of three straight losses and wielding the highest ERA (9.92) this month among any pitcher with 15+ innings, will be replaced at the last second with Tim Lincecum. It won't matter. Clayton Kershaw is positioned to have the Dodgers clinch the 2014 NL West tonight, and if there's ever a time to deal an ace, it's now.
How great would it be to have the Dodgers celebrate at home in front of their arch-rival? How fitting would it be to have our franchise face, en route to his third Cy Young Award and possibly a NL MVP award, earn the clinching victory? How premature are all of these visions, now that we've just evidenced that aces are far from infallible?
Who knows. Look, there's a chance that the Giants could be celebrating this evening as well, if the Brewers lose in Cincinnati, thereby giving San Francisco a back-door entrance to the Wild Card. Perhaps we'll have a joint party involving both teams!
On second thought, this just looks way too confusing. Let's just focus on getting our party set, okay?