Philadelphia Phillies (29-22) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (25-28)Date : 05/31/2018
Time : 10:10 PM ET
Location : Dodger Stadium
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Philadelphia Phillies vs Los Angeles Dodgers
The four-game series continues between the Dodgers and Phillies after a thriller opener. The Dodgers are now 3rd in the NL West division while the Phillies are 3rd in the NL East. Nola vs Kershaw pitching you wouldn’t want to miss this.
Philadelphia Phillies's Latest Performance :
The Phillies blew a 4-0 lead on the road against the Dodgers as they lose out in the series opener, the Phillies are hoping to bounce back after giving up 3 runs in the 8th inning, the Phillies bullpen must do a much better job after the starters gave them a four-run cushion. The Phillies now drop into the third place of the very competitive NL East division with a record 29-22. Coming into this series the Phillies are 5th in pitching with a 3.39 ERA but they are ranked 16th in scoring with 228 runs this season. The Phillies took a huge blow as Rhys Hoskin foul ball caught his lips causing him to leave the game. Vince Velasquez carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before allowing 2 runs that led to the Dodgers comeback.
Cesar Hernandez hit a three-run homer Monday in the loss to the Dodgers. Hernandez is only hitting about .220 over the last month, but he’s still hitting for more power than usual and stealing bases. The homer tonight was his seventh in 51 games. He will look to carry the Phillies as they were unfortunate to blow a 4 run lead but that is how baseball is anything can happen one bad pitch can change the outcome of the whole game.
Pitching for the Phillies will be Aaron Nola. He flirted with a no-hitter his last time out, blanking the Jays until he tired in the seventh inning. He struck out 10 batters, marking the fourth such instance in his career. Nola appears to be well on his way to his first All-Star selection. He will be looking forward to pitching against Kershaw.
Los Angeles Dodgers's Latest Performance :
The Dodgers were able to defeat the Phillies in the series opener as they improve their record on the season to 25-28 placing them 3rd in the division and only 2 games behind the D-Backs after the early struggles the Dodgers are starting to look like the NL Champions from last season. The Dodgers came storming back by putting up 3 runs in the 8th inning. The Dodgers have now won 9 of their last 11 games. The Dodgers are coming back slowly but surely never count them out, they were sitting in the last place a month ago. The Dodgers understand that the regular season is a marathon, not a sprint and once the team gets it together they know what they capable of doing. Coming into this series the Dodgers is ranked 8th in pitching with a 3.58 ERA.
Puig was the catalyst for the Dodgers comeback as he was the one that broke up Velasquez no-hit bid. Then he was doubled home by Joc Pederson, he then did the same thing again in the 8th with an infield single off the third baseman then was doubled home. He played a huge part in the Dodgers comeback win he laid the foundation for other batters to make their job easier. The little things do matter in baseball.
Yasmany Grandal knocked in the go-ahead run in the eighth as the Dodgers came back to beat the Phillies 5-4 on Monday. Grandal also picked up his first steal since 2016 in the contest. Grandal is slashing .260/.363/.474 with 8 homers and 29 RBIs on the season.
Pitching for the Dodgers will be Clayton Kershaw. This will be Kershaw’s first start in a month after battling biceps tendinitis that may or may not has been the cause of decreased velocity. He’s said he’s made mechanical adjustments during the rehab. Before he went down with the injury he had an ERA of 2.86 while striking out 48. He will be glad to see that the Dodgers team has held it down when he was away.
How Philadelphia Phillies & Los Angeles Dodgers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Dodgers are 4-1 in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning record.
Phillies are 13-4 in their last 17 when their opponent scores 5 runs or more in their previous game.
Against The Spread Selection: Los Angeles Dodgers
My reason for the pick :
This game could go either way with the two elite pitchers going against each other, I have to go with Kershaw having a great game back after the injury as he will show us that he hasn’t lost a step and is fully healthy again and the Dodgers after the early skid they are back for good and are real contenders in the NL division. It won’t be a high scoring game but it will be a very entertaining game if you are a fan of high-quality pitchers.
Dodgers to win at home in Kershaw’s return.
Betting trends for Philadelphia Phillies:
- Phillies are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. National League West.
Betting trends for Los Angeles Dodgers:
- Dodgers are 7-1 in their last 8 vs. a team with a winning record.