Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Philadelphia Phillies
The Los Angeles Dodgers return home from the road as they host the Philadelphia Phillies in game one of their series at Dodger Stadium. The Phillies are -165 favorites over the Dodgers with an over/under run total set at 6.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have been just playing out the string for seemingly months as their talented team and once spotless organization appears to be taking a hard fall from grace on and off the field this season. The Dodgers are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 28-31 at home this season, and 10 games back in the National League West. As a team Los Angeles is hitting .252 led by Matt Kemp at .316, Juan Rivera at .308, and Andre Ethier at .306. As a team the Dodgers pitching staff has a combined ERA of 3.82 with the starters at 3.71 and the bullpen at 4.07. For game one of the series Los Angeles starts Hiroki Kuroda who refused to waive his no trade clause at the trade deadline. For the season Kuroda has allowed 132 hits and 46 earned runs while striking out 111 in 140 innings of work.
The Philadelphia Phillies still have the best record in baseball and after taking three of four against the San Francisco Giants, they appear ready for the post season. The Phillies are 9-1 in their last 10 games, 33-22 on the road, and lead the National League East by eight and a half games. As a team Philadelphia is hitting .252 led by Shane Victorino at .306, Chase Utley at .288, Placido Polanco at .275, and the newly acquired Hunter Pence is hitting .342. The vaunted Phillies pitching staff has a combined team ERA of 3.06 with the starters at 2.95 and the bullpen at 3.36. For game one in L.A. Philadelphia starts their biggest gun, Roy Halladay, who has won his last three starts since taking a loss in Chicago after leaving a game with heat exhaustion. For the season Halladay has allowed 153 hits and 48 earned runs while striking out 159 in 169.1 innings of work.
Los Angeles is 8-2 in their last 10 home games against a right handed starter, 9-4 in their last 13 home games, and 1-6 in Kuroda’s last seven starts against a team with a winning record. Philadelphia is 13-3 in their last 16 games as a road favorite, 16-6 in their last 22 road games, and 7-1 in Halladay’s last eight road starts against a team with a losing record. Philadelphia has won four of the last five meetings of these two.
While Kuroda hasn’t gotten any kind of support this season, he has pitched well and Halladay, there really isn’t much that hasn’t been said. This could be one of the quicker games of the season as it isn’t going to take too many runs to win it. Take the under 6 here.