The Dodgers have four chances to get the San Francisco monkey off their back, with four games against the Giants at AT&T Park. Here's a look at the probable starting pitching matchups for the series, with an attempt at brevity. One sentence per pitcher per game.
Monday, 7:15 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Simply being on the mound will go a long way to help Zack Greinke's National League Cy Young Award chances, especially if he's the one with the division-clinching win, in his first start since Sept. 18. Jake Peavy has allowed three runs in his last three starts, and in September has 19 strikeouts against only three walks to go with his 2.19 ERA.
Tuesday, 7:15 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Clayton Kershaw has allowed six total runs in two starts in San Francisco this season, which isn't bad unless compared to the nine total runs he allowed in his first 11 career starts at AT&T Park. In his last 10 starts, since the beginning of August, Madison Bumgarner has 89 strikeouts (a 31.4-percent rate) against only 12 walks and a 1.93 ERA.
Wednesday, 7:15 p.m. (SportsNet LA, ESPN)
Mike Bolsinger has lasted longer than 5⅓ innings just twice in his last 13 major league starts, dating back to June 14, averaging 4.82 innings per start during that span with a 4.45 ERA. Mike Leake has a 5.86 ERA in September, with 13 walks in 27⅔ innings, and a strikeout rate (10.8 percent) during the month well below his 16.7-percent mark the rest of the year.
Thursday, 12:45 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Brett Anderson has not allowed a home run to the Giants in five starts this season, but they have dinged him for 14 runs and 32 hits in 26 innings, a 4.85 ERA, hitting .311/.360/.388 against him, with a .356 batting average on balls in play. It is not finalized yet, but Tim Hudson is likely to start Thursday, in what would be the 479th and final start of his great career, and before his shortened start on Saturday against Barry Zito in Oakland, Hudson allowed two runs in 16⅓ innings in his previous three starts.