LA Dodgers at Philadelphia Phillies
The Phillies are one of the hottest teams in baseball with a 7-1 record this month and welcome the sputtering Dodgers for a three-game series.
Los Angeles Dodgers (58-54) at Philadelphia Phillies (62-49)
Philadelphia opened as a slight -115 favorite and has been bet down to as low as -107 in the market. The total stands at 8.5 across the board. Los Angeles enjoyed an off day on Monday, as it gets set to try and snap a five-game road losing streak. Over that span, the offense has managed to score just 1.8 runs per game and hit for a combined .156 average. Los Angeles has dropped nine of its last 10 games away from Dodger Stadium and the main concern in the clubhouse is the middle of the order. “Sunday was a good day,” manager Joe Torre said. “But we need more contributions from the guys in the middle.” The Dodgers are 22-30 on the road this season (-960) and the total is 24-27 O/U in those games.
Dodgers starting pitcher Vicente Padilla will be making his 14th start of the season, bringing in a 5-3 record and 3.09 ERA. He fired his fourth-career shutout last Wednesday versus San Diego, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out nine over 105 pitchers. Since returning from the disabled list on June 19, the right-haner is 4-2 with a 1.80 ERA in nine starts. Philadelphia has won five of six games since All-Star first baseman Ryan Howard landed on the disable list and has gone 14-3 since July 21. “This team has a mentality that I haven’t seen from other teams,” outfield Raul Ibanez said. The Phillies have dropped just a single game this month, as the lineup has produced 5.3 runs per game and hit for a .297 average. The club is 6-6 after a day off this year (-190), but has compiled a solid 35-24 record the last three years (+760).
Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick will be making his 24th appearance (22nd start) this year, producing a 7-4 mark and 4.37 ERA, which includes leading the team to three straight wins. The right-hander is 3-2 with a 4.72 ERA in 10 home starts, but has been bitten by the long ball in giving up 11 home runs in 55.1 innings of work. He has posted a 2-2 career record and 7.29 ERA in four outings versus the Dodgers, but is a perfect 2-0 against them at Citizens Bank Park.
Don’t discount the Dodgers in this contest, with a 8-4 record on the road with a money line of -100 to -125 this season (+360). Philadelphia’s record this month must be respected and the 48-33 mark its registered against right-handed starters (+740).