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Series Preview: vs Los Angeles Dodgers

PHI: 28-27, 5th in NL East; LAD: 33-21, 1st in NL West

When: June 4-7
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Vance Worley (3-2, 3.07) vs Clayton Kershaw (4-3, 2.32)
Tuesday: Cliff Lee (0-2, 3.00) vs Chad Billingsley (2-4, 4.09)
Wednesday: Kyle Kendrick (2-4, 4.02) vs Chris Capuano (7-2, 2.50)
Thursday: 
Cole Hamels (8-2, 2.81) vs Aaron Harang (4-3, 3.90)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:05, CSN
Tuesday, 7:05, CSN
Wednesday, 7:05, CSN
Thursday, 1:05, CSN
All Games on 94.1 FM

Dodgers RF Andre Ethier (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Player to Watch – RF Andre Ethier: Ethier has picked up a lot of slack with Matt Kemp on the DL battling a bad hamstring. Ethier nine home runs and a National League-high 46 RBIs. His .320 average and .932 OPS are nothing to ignore either.

Series Overviw: The Dodgers boast the best record in the NL right now despite being on a recent coald spell. But despite that, they will still present the Phillies roughed-up starting pitching with a big test for this four-game set.

Ethier is the super star to watch out for on the Dodgers. But he’s supported by catcher A.J. Ellis and his .315 average and .430 OBP.

Kemp has been out of the lineup with a hamstring injury, frustrating the NL’s best hitter who was off to a hot start with 12 homers and 28 RBIs in only 121 at bats. In Kemp’s place has been ex-Phillies Bobby Abreu.

Abreu is hitting .310 (22-for-71) with a homer and eight RBIs in 26 games since being picked up by the Dodgers after the Angels released him. Whether Abreu is booed or cheered by the Phils crowd will be interesting to see starting Monday.

As usual, Carlos Ruiz and Juan Pierre are the Phillies’ hottest hitters.

Vance Worley will be making his much anticipated return to a rotation that has been decimated with injury this season. Worley will go up against reigning NL Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw.

Cliff Lee, a hot Kyle Kendrick and Cole Hamels will round out the rest of the Phillies pitchers this series. For LA, it’ll be Chad Blillingsley, Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang to face the Phillies arsenal of arms.

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