PHI: 73-57, 2nd in NL East
LAD: 67-64, 4th in NL West
Where: Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles, CA)
Discussion: Liberty Bell Sports
Monday: Roy Halladay (16-9, 2.22) vs. Hiroki Kuroda (9-11, 3.56)
Tuesday: Kyle Kendrick (8-7, 4.64) vs. Carlos Monasterios (3-4, 3.54)
Wednesday: Roy Oswalt (9-13, 3.12) vs. Clayton Kershaw* (11-8, 3.01)
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Tuesday, 10:10: CSN
Wednesday, 3:10: CSN
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Player to Watch – Andre Ethier: He is pretty much LA’s finest. Ethier is batting .295 with 22 homers and 74 RBIs. He had some time off with an injury earlier in the season and picked up where he left off but he hasn’t swung well as of late. He’s had a couple multi-hit games in the past week that were separated by a bunch of 0-for’s.
Series Overview – The Phillies lead the season series 2-1, which was played earlier this month. The third game of the series featured another monumental melt-down by closer Jonathon Broxton against the Phils in which Carlos Ruiz hit a two-run walk-off double to cap-off a four-run ninth. The ninth followed a four-run eighth in which the Phils started down 9-2.
The Dodgers, despite their season struggles, have kept alive with their record at home. They’ve compiled a 39-27 record at home. The Phillies used their sweep in San Diego to pull themselves to .500-ball on the road at 31-31.
The Phillies are 17-9 in August, their best month of the season (surpassing May’s 16-12 record).
The starting pitching has been absolutely tremendous in the Phillies’ last seven games in which they were 3-4. The starters have posted a 2.20 ERA (12 earned runs in 49.0 IP) and have gone at least six innings in each start.
The Phillies have won 14 of their last 16 games against teams from the NL West. I think it’s safe to say they have a leg up on the Dodgers already.
Manny Ramirez is no longer a Dodger, leaving the team a lot lighter in the hair department and headache free. It also leaves them short on a bat, something they will need going up against the Phillies starting pitching.