Philadelphia Phillies vs Los Angeles Dodgers 5-29-2018

Philadelphia Phillies (29-20) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (23-27)

Date : 05/29/2018
Time : 10:10 pm EST
Location : Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California

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Philadelphia Phillies vs Los Angeles Dodgers

Game 2 of a 4-game set between the visiting Philadelphia Phillies and the Los Angeles Dodgers will take place at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, on Monday night at 10:10 pm EST.  The Phillies occupy the 2nd place slot in the NL East while the Dodgers are currently in 4th place within the NL West division.  This will be the 1st meeting amongst these two teams, however, the Dodgers have won 4 of the last 7 meetings with the Phillies taking 3-in-a-row at Dodger Stadium.

Philadelphia Phillies's Latest Performance :

The Phillies enter this matchup losers of 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 1-4.  Recently, they would tie a 4-game road series versus the St. Louis Cardinals on 5-20-2018, yet, would end up winning a 3-game home set versus the Atlanta Braves on 5-23-2018.  The Phillies would follow this up by losing game 1 of a 3-game set versus the struggling Blue Jays on 5-25-2018 by a score of 6-5.

For the season, the Phillies are averaging 4.51 runs per game (10th) with a team batting average of .237 (22nd), 56 homers (17th), along with 23 stolen bases on the year (19th).  Their pitching staff possesses an ERA of 3.36 (4th) with 437 strikeouts (14th), along with 26 quality starts (4th).

Odubel Herrera (.333 BA on 180 AB), Rhys Hoskins (.240 BA on 167 AB), and Cesar Hernandez (.269 BA on 186 AB) have been the stalwarts for this Phillies offensive attack.  Maikel Franco (.263 BA on 156 Ab) and Scott Kingery (.221 BA on 145 AB) are also critical to the Philadelphia offense.

Aaron Nola (6-2) has pitched 71.1 innings this year while allowing 18 runs on 53 hits, 4 homers, 17 walks, and 67 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.27 while Nick Pivetta (4-2) has pitched 53 innings while allowing 19 runs on 45 hits, 5 homers, 12 walks, and 60 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.23 for the season.

Los Angeles Dodgers 's Latest Performance :

The Dodgers come into this matchup winners of 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 1-3-1.  Recently, the Dodgers dropped a 3-game road series to the Marlins on 5-17-2018, however, won a 4-game road set against the dangerous Washington Nationals on 5-22-2018 (with game 1 being postponed due to weather conditions).  They would go on to win a 3-game road set against the Colorado Rockies on 5-22-2018 while winning the opening game of a 3-game home set against the San Diego Padres on 5-24-2018 by a score of 4-1.

The Dodgers average 4.28 runs per game (15th) with a team batting average of .235 (23rd), 50 homers (22nd), along with 14 stolen bases (28th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.58 (9th) with 494 strikeouts (4th) along with 22 quality starts (13th).

Yasmani Grandal (.255 BA on 145 AB), Cody Bellinger (.241 BA on 187 AB), and Corey Seager (.267 BA on 101 AB) have been the leaders offensively for the Dodgers this season.  Chris Taylor (.237 BA on 194 AB) has also been pivotal to the Dodger’s offensive attack.

Clayton Kershaw (1-4) has pitched 44 innings while allowing 14 runs on 40 hits, 7 homers, 10 walks, and 48 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.86.  Alex Wood (1-4) has pitched 57 innings while allowing 24 runs on 49 hits, 4 homers, 9 walks, and 51 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.32.

How Philadelphia Phillies & Los Angeles Dodgers Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

For the season, the Phillies are 25-24 ATS while the O/U is 21-25-3.  On the other hand, the Dodgers are 20-30 ATS while the O/U is 23-25-2.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

These teams are trending in different directions as the Phillies continue to play inconsistently while the Dodgers have overcome various injuries to key players to pick up some huge wins lately.  The pitcher for the Dodgers is yet to be determined, however, Jake Arrieta will be coming to the hill for the Phillies in hopes of getting the Cubs back on the right track.  With the way the Dodger’s offense has struggled at times this season, it will be interesting to see how they respond to such a solid presence on the mound.

Totals Selection: Under

My reason for the prediction :

While the Phillies have lost 4 of their last 7 games, the Dodgers have strung together some wins to which a huge amount of momentum was gained.  In all, they are winners of 6 of their last 7 games to where the O/U was 2-4-1.  On the other hand, in their last 5 games, the Under has been 4-1 for the Phillies.  Jake Arrieta (4-2) will come to the mound for the Phillies in game 2 looking to continue his string of quality outings on the year.  Arrieta has really dominated the Dodger lineup with Yasmani Grandal (1-7), Yasiel Puig (2-5), and Chase Utley (1-15) being the only batters in the lineup with a hit against the right-hander.  With that being said, the under seems as if it would be a smart decision in Tuesday’s game 2 matchup.

Betting trends for Philadelphia Phillies:

  • Betting Trends for Philadelphia Phillies

    • The Phillies are 10-5 in last 15 games
    • The Under is 9-3 in Phillies last 12 games

Betting trends for Los Angeles Dodgers :

  • Betting Trends for Los Angeles Dodgers

    • The Dodgers are 3-6 in last 9 home games
    • The Dodgers are 6-1 in last 7 games
    • The Under is 8-4-1 in Dodgers last 13 games


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