Los Angeles Dodgers (54-44) vs Philadelphia Phillies (54-42)Date : 07/23/2018
Time : 7:05 PM ET
Location : Citizens Bank Park
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Los Angeles Dodgers vs Philadelphia Phillies
The Phillies will welcome the Dodgers to Citizens Bank Park as the two teams will go head to head in a 3 game series starting on Monday. The Phillies are on top of the NL East division while the Dodgers are on top of the NL West. This will be their 2nd meeting of the season the last time these two team met in a 4 game series the series ended in a 2-2 split.
Game 1&2: 7:05 PM ET
Game 3: 12:35 PM ET
Los Angeles Dodgers's Latest Performance :
The Dodgers are currently on a 10 game road trip as they will prepare to play the Phillies in a three-game set. The defending NL champs will do all they can to maintain their lead on top of the division, the Dodgers have a 1 game lead over the D-Backs. They are 26-20 when playing on the road this season. Coming into this series the Dodgers are now the second best team in the Majors when it comes to pitching with an ERA of 3.47 and 9th in batting with 461 runs scored this season. After a slow start to the year, the Dodgers have definitely turned their season around and are looking like a real contender.
Player to watch in this series: Manny Machado, all eyes will be on Manny the newest member of the Dodgers he will be able to provide the offense that the Dodgers are missing in the first half of the season. He will be playing in the shortstop position rather than his usual position which is the 3rd base. He’s been tremendous with the bat, hitting .316/.375/.583 with 24 homers and 65 RBI over the first half. An already powerful Dodger lineup gets even better, and he should put up big numbers in his time with Los Angeles.
- RBIs: Matt Kemp (60)
- Homers: Max Muncy (22)
- Batting Average: Matt Kemp (.311)
Probable Pitchers for this series:
Game 1: Ross Stripling, he will be making his return to the mound on Monday against the Phillies in the series opener. He has a 2.08 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 108/14 K/BB ratio in 95 1/3 frames.
Game 2: Kenta Maeda, he is 7-5 on the year he will return to the mound on Tuesday against the Phillies. He has a 3.12 ERA and 1.22 WHIP.
Game 3: Rich Hill, the veteran will close things off for the Dodgers on the road against the Phillies in the rubber game. He is 3-4 on the season and has a 4.26 ERA and 1.39 WHIP.
Philadelphia Phillies's Latest Performance :
The Phillies will cap off their 7 game homestand by playing against the Dodgers in a three-game set. The Phillies have tightened up the screws before the All-Star break taking the NL East division lead from the Braves. One of the main reason why they have been playing really well this season because they have been rock solid at home they have a home record of 31-16 that is the 3rd best home record behind the Yankees and the Red Sox. Coming into this series the Phillies are 20th in batting with 422 runs scored this season and 11th in pitching with a 3.85 ERA. They will need a better, more consistent offense in the second half to capture their first NL East title since 2011, Mike Moustakas still might make a move to the Phillies before the deadline.
Player to watch in this series: Carlos Santana, he went 1-for-4 with a homer and four RBI in an 11-5 victory over the Padres on Friday. He drove in three runs on the homer; a three-run shot off of Clayton Richard that gives the first baseman 15 on the season. Despite hitting just .209 he is getting on base .350. Perhaps now it is the time that he will show the Phillies organization that he is worth the money they paid for and no better way to showcase his talent on the plate against the defending NL West champions the Dodgers at home.
- RBIs: Rhys Hoskins (57)
- Homers: Odubel Herrera (16)
- Batting Average: Odubel Herrera (.278)
Probable Pitchers for this series:
Game 1: Zach Eflin, he will rejoin the Phillies’ roster on Monday against the Dodgers. He has a 3.15 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 67/14 K/BB ratio in 12 starts for the Phils this season.
Game 2: Aaron Nola, he is 12-3 on the season he will be starting for the Phillies on Tuesday against the Dodgers. He has a 2.30 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 131/35 K/BB ratio through 20 starts this year.
Game 3: Jake Arrieta, he allowed five runs four earned in 3 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Padres on Friday. he has a 3.47 ERA, and he’s struck out 74 hitters over 106-plus innings in 16 starts. His next scheduled start comes against the Dodgers on Wednesday.
How Los Angeles Dodgers & Philadelphia Phillies Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Phillies are 11-5 in their last 16 overall.
Dodgers are 13-3 in their last 16 road games vs. a team with a winning record.
Against The Spread Selection: Los Angeles Dodgers
My reason for the pick :
It will definitely not be a walk in the park victory for the Dodgers but with the new addition of Manny Machado, I believe that the Dodgers can pull off an upset on the road against the Phillies. It is not easy to beat the Phillies at home but the Dodgers are at their best at the moment both in pitching and batting. Game 1 and 3 will go to the Dodgers while Game 2 will go to the Phillies because of Nola being in control of the mound and it hard for any team in the Major to crack his pitches. With both teams playing well this season we might be seeing a preview of the postseason and the accusation of Manny from the O’s might be put the Dodgers over the top. All threes games will go down to the wire.
Dodgers to beat the Phillies on the road 2-1.
Betting trends for Los Angeles Dodgers:
- Dodgers are 18-6 in their last 24 road games.
Betting trends for Philadelphia Phillies:
- Phillies are 35-17 in their last 52 home games.