Zack Greinke (17-3, 1.61) vs. Jeff Locke (8-10, 4.43).
Pittsburgh may have swept us in early August, but they've been on a recent streak of some tough Locke (not the first time I've used this pun) lately. They come into Dodger Stadium having dropped their last three games and wielding the edge in the NL Wild Card, but only by two games over the divisional rival Cubs. Adding injury to insult, the Cubs' Chris Coghlan took out SS Jung Ho Kang yesterday, breaking Kang's left leg and tearing his knee ligament. Brutal.
Locke has been characterized as promising this year, however this view is not only seen by many commentators as incomplete, but it carries a degree of rationalism that cannot be made consistent with our picture of Locke as the arch-empiricist of his period. So, there.
And anyway, we've got Cy Young hopeful Zack Greinke on the mound for us tonight. Let's keep whittling away at that magic number (now at 10) so we can let Don Mattingly get all of his crazy lineups out of his system, before the postseason begins.