LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers enter the season's final week with a 4½-game lead over the Giants with six games to play (San Francisco has seven games left), with a chance to clinch the National League West at home against their chief rivals.
The Dodgers need to beat the Giants in two of three games in order to clinch against San Francisco, and here is a look at the starting pitching matchups at Dodger Stadium beginning Monday night.
Monday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA, KDOC, MLB Network)
Dan Haren gets the call in the opener, making his 31st start of the year but first against the Giants. Haren is 7-4 with a 3.47 ERA at home, with a ground ball rate of 44.3 percent at Dodger Stadium compared to 39.8 percent on the road. Haren has allowed two runs in 20 innings in his last three home starts, with 17 strikeouts and two walks. Jake Peavy has been a great addition for the Giants, 6-4 with a 2.16 ERA in his 10 starts, including four straight wins, allowing four total runs (two earned runs) in 27 innings, with 23 strikeouts and four walks.
Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA, KDOC, ESPN)
Zack Greinke is four strikeouts away from 200 for the fourth time in his career, and a win away from tying his career high of 16. His strikeout rate in 13 home starts is a whopping 28.6 percent, compared to 22.7 percent on the road. The Dodgers' toughest test in the series will be Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, seeking his 19th win. The left-hander is 7-2 with a 1.87 ERA in nine career starts at Dodger Stadium.
Wednesday, 7:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA, KDOC, ESPN)
Clayton Kershaw will make his final regular season start, aiming to tie his career high with 21 wins, with an outside, outside shot at the National League strikeout title (currently seven behind Stephen Strasburg, but tied with Johnny Cueto, who has two starts left). Tim Hudson is 0-3 with a 9.92 ERA in four September starts, and has allowed four first-inning runs in each of his last two starts, including the Dodgers' 17-0 romp in San Francisco on Sep. 13.
Both Tuesday and Wednesday on ESPN will be full national broadcasts, with no local blackouts.