Brett Anderson (5-4, 3.00 ERA) and Chad Billingsley (0-2, 7.71 ERA) start in the second of a four-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (47-37) and the Philadelphia Phillies (28-57) at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers won the last game 10-7 and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jul. 7 and can be seen on CSN-PHI and SportsNet LA.
Anderson pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out seven and walking two in a 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks. Justin Turner (.315, 30 Rs, 11 HRs, 38 RBIs, 1 SB) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one RBI. Billingsley went 5.0 innings, surrendering six runs (one unearned), striking out one and walking three in an 8-7 defeat to the Brewers in his most recent start. Cesar Hernandez (.302, 31 Rs, 1 HR, 19 RBIs, 12 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run and one stolen base.
This one isn't expected to be close when Los Angeles, a big -251 favorite, takes on Philadelphia. The matchup has an estimated Over/Under (O/U) of seven runs. The Dodgers have an overall money line of -942 and a record as the favorite of 40-34. The Dodgers have no trouble scoring as they rank fourth in the NL in offense with 4.2 runs per game. The Dodgers are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 266. Los Angeles leads the whole NL in walks, earning an average of 3.6 per game. Turning to the pitchers, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Dodgers, who have a team ERA of only 3.29. The Dodgers are the second-best team in the NL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 8.1 hits per game so far this season.
As for their opponent, Philadelphia is coming in with an overall money line of -1,968 and a disappointing record of 25-50 as the underdog. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 2-7 record, and a 2-8 record SU.
The Dodgers have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Dodgers have a 42-28 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Billingsley takes the mound. Anderson (LHP) will be on the hill against the Phillies, who have inferior records against left-handed starting pitchers on the road and overall of 2-7 and 5-11, respectively.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Under
Philadelphia is 1-6-1 SU in its last 8 games,.
Philadelphia is 3-15-1 SU in its last 19 games, on the road.
Philadelphia is 2-3-1 SU in their last 6 games, when playing LA Dodgers.
When leading after 7 innings, Los Angeles is 19-14, while Philadelphia is 13-29.
The Dodgers are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 10 runs. The Phillies have a 0-7 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they are outhit, the Phillies are 8-43. The Dodgers have a 10-26 record when opponents outhit them.
Philadelphia ranks near the bottom of the league at 29th when it comes to home runs, hitting 55 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at fourth with 106.
Los Angeles and Philadelphia both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Los Angeles sits at 12th with 8.30 hits per game and Philadelphia ranks 11th with 8.39.
Ranking 27th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.663). Los Angeles ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .763.
The Phillies are 12-38 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Dodgers are 19-24 when they allow at least one homer.