In the second of a three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (56-64) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (66-52) at Citizens Bank Park, Jake Thompson (1-1, 8.68 ERA) and Scott Kazmir (9-6, 4.44 ERA) get the start. The Dodgers won the last game 15-5, and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 17 and will air on CSPh and SNLA.
In his last start, Thompson pitched 5.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out six and walking three in a 10-6 victory over the Rockies. Ryan Howard (.197, 28 Rs, 18 HRs, 42 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. The Dodgers were unsuccessful the last time Kazmir pitched. He pitched well, going 6.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out six and walking three in a 6-2 loss to the Phillies. Corey Seager (.307, 75 Rs, 21 HRs, 56 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 6 yesterday with one run.
Philadelphia is a +145 underdog in this game, and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at nine runs. The Phillies are 38-50 as the underdog and have an overall money line of +812. Philadelphia has averaged 5.6 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 3.8.
Across the field, the Dodgers have a nice record of 58-33 when they are favored, but are -376 overall with the money line. Los Angeles's pitching staff and defense as a whole have been firing on all cylinders so far, ranking fourth in the NL with only 3.9 runs allowed per game. They have a WHIP of 1.152 on the year, good for second in the league. The Los Angeles pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging an NL-best 9.4 strikeouts per game.
The Dodgers are 3-1 against the Phillies this season. The Phillies will take on a left-hander (Kazmir) in this game and have a 14-13 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Thompson will take the mound against the Dodgers, who have a 51-38 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Dodgers won their last game by a 10-run margin. In games decided by a margin of 10 runs or more, the Phillies are 0-4. The Dodgers are 3-1 in blowouts this season.
The Phillies managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Dodgers who are coming in with an 18-10 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Phillies are 14-52. The Dodgers have an 11-36 record when opponents outhit them.
Philadelphia ranks near the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 121 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 137.
Ranking 13th, Philadelphia is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.06 per game. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 8.51.
Ranking 29th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.687). Los Angeles ranks in the bottom half at 18th with an OPS of .734.
When the Dodgers allow at least one home run, they are 31-40. When the Phillies allow one or more homers, they have a 24-50 record.