Jerad Eickhoff (8-12, 3.82 ERA) and Ross Stripling (3-4, 4.07 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (56-65) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (67-52) at Citizens Bank Park. The Dodgers won the last game 7-2, and Los Angeles leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 18 and can be seen on SNLA and TCN.
Eickhoff pitched 5.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out three and walking two in a 6-3 win 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. Stripling went 7.0 innings, surrendering five runs and striking out four in a 5-1 defeat to the Pirates in his most recent start. Corey Seager (.309, 77 Rs, 21 HRs, 56 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Dodgers, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs.
Los Angeles takes on Philadelphia as a -150 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at nine runs. The Phillies have an overall money line of +712 and a record as the underdog of 38-51. The Phillies have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 5.9 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 3.8 runs per game. Philadelphia's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 6.8 runs per game, well above its season average of 4.7.
As for their opponent, in contrast to a worrisome overall money line (-276), Los Angeles has an impressive 59-33 record when playing as the favorite. Offensively, the Dodgers have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.5 runs per game by averaging 5.8 during that stretch. Moving on to Los Angeles's pitching staff and defense, the Dodgers allow just 3.9 runs per game, ranking them fourth in the NL. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Dodgers are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.155 for the season. The Dodgers have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 9.4 strikeouts per game.
The Dodgers lead the season series, 4-1. The Phillies have a 42-51 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Stripling takes the mound. Eickhoff (RHP) will be on the hill against the Dodgers, who have a 52-38 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
Philadelphia has won 48% (28-30) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Los Angeles has won 58% (26-19) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Dodgers are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The Phillies have a record of 9-8 when opponents' pitchers have five strikeouts or less.
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 122 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 140.
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 8.56.
Ranking 29th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.688). Los Angeles ranks in the bottom half at 17th with an OPS of .736.
When the Dodgers allow at least one home run, they are 32-40. When the Phillies allow one or more homers, they have a 24-51 record.