The Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies kick off a four-game series on Monday night. These two teams were supposed to be the class of the National League this season, but only one of them has lived up to it. The Dodgers are running away with the National League West while the Phillies are trying to play their way into the playoff race.
The Los Angeles Dodgers swept the three-game series the two teams played earlier this season and did so in convincing fashion. The Dodgers are 62-33 on the season and are making a mockery of the National League this season. Philadelphia is just 1-2 since the All-Star break and really needs to get things going. The Phillies are just 48-45 on the season and are in third place in the National League East. The Los Angeles Dodgers are -170 over the Philadelphia Phillies in the series opener.
Dodgers Offense Continues to Roll
The Los Angeles Dodgers had the best offense in baseball during the first half of the season, and they are showing no signs of slowing down. First baseman Cody Bellinger leads the team with 31 home runs and 73 runs batted in this season and might be the MVP of the National League. The Dodgers have blasted 152 home runs as a team this season and should have a monster offensive series at a great hitter’s park in Philadelphia.
Clayton Kershaw will be on the mound for the Dodgers in this game, and he has quietly put together another great season. Kershaw might not be the ace of the Dodgers staff this season, but he is still extremely dominant. The veteran is 7-2 with a 3.09 earned run average this season and should have a great second half.
Eflin Hopes to Turn Season Around
Zach Eflin will take the mound for the Phillies on Monday night, and he really needs to turn things around for the Phillies. Eflin is just 7-8 this season despite a decent ERA of 3.78. The Phillies can score some runs, but pitching has been a real big issue. Starting a four-game series against the red-hot Los Angeles Dodgers isn’t going to make things better.
Philadelphia is going to need to break out the big bats this week. The Phillies have hit just 118 home runs as a team, but that won’t get the job against the Dodgers. Bryce Harper is hitting just .251 this season with only 16 home runs. The Phillies haven’t been the same since the injury to Andrew McCutchen and will be looking for offensive help before the trade deadline.
Dodgers Win Series Opener
This should be one of the best series in baseball this week, but the Phillies need to step up their game. Philadelphia can hit with the Dodgers, but they are going to need to pitch better. The pitching matchup favors the Dodgers in this game, and that will be enough. Bet the Los Angeles Dodgers -170 over the Philadelphia Phillies.