Kenta Maeda (10-7, 3.22 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (63-49) go up against Vince Velasquez (8-3, 3.33 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (52-62) in the second of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers won the last game 9-4, and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 10:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 9 and will air on CSPh and SNLA.
In his last start, Maeda pitched 5.2 innings, giving up two runs and striking out five in a 4-2 victory over the Rockies. Corey Seager (.302, 73 Rs, 21 HRs, 54 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, two home runs, and two RBIs. The Phillies were unsuccessful the last time Velasquez pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 5.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out six and walking three in a 3-2 loss to the Giants. Maikel Franco (.250, 46 Rs, 20 HRs, 66 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Los Angeles is a considerable -190 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. The Dodgers perform well as a favorite with a 55-30 record, but haven't fared as well with the overall money line (-137). The Los Angeles pitching staff and defense has been very good, only giving up 3.8 runs per game. The Dodgers don't allow many hitters to get on base, ranking second in the league with a 1.133 WHIP. An area where the Dodgers are particularly strong is striking batters out, where they average an NL-best 9.4 K's per game.
Across the field, the Phillies have a record of 35-48 when they are the underdog and are +482 overall with the money line. They have played at the top of their game when rated as the underdog as of late. They managed a 5-2 record when playing as the underdog and a SU record of 6-4. During the last 10 games, they averaged 5.6 runs per game, above their 3.7 season average.
So far this season, the Dodgers are 1-0 against the Phillies. The Dodgers will take on a right-hander (Velasquez) in this game and have a 48-35 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Phillies will be the right-hander Maeda. They sport a 40-49 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
Philadelphia has won 47% (25-28) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Los Angeles has won 60% (24-16) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Phillies are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Dodgers have a 21-18 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Dodgers are 47-13. The Phillies have a 35-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th in runs, Philadelphia has earned 422 this season. Los Angeles ranks 16th with 493 runs.
Ranking 29th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 280 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 373.
The Dodgers are 47-26 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Phillies are 43-32 when they hit at least one homer.