Resident MLB-Capper Pete Andreozzi is back with 3 plays for tonight’s matchup between the Phillies and Dodgers. Check out his write-up and attached plays below!
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(7/23): Dodgers @ Phillies
Tonight the Phillies host the red-hot Dodgers In Citizens Bank Ballpark, opening up a very intriguing series between the two solid NL teams. The Dodgers are 4-0 in their last 4 Monday games, and 14-2 in their L16 in game ONE of the series.
On the mound for Philadelphia tonight is ace Zach Eflin, who holds a (7-2) record and 3.15 ERA, an impressive season thus far. Tonight will be Eflin’s first start since July 9th, after missing his start prior to the All-Star Break due to a blistered hand. Eflin, however has struggled against LA his entire career, where he’s given up 7 HR’s in just 14 career innings against the Dodgers. In his last 2 starts against them, Eflin is 0-2 with a 9.15 ERA against LA, who hold a career 1.085 OPS against the Phillies right-hander. This doesn’t even include the Dodgers’ recent addition of slugger Manny Machado, who had a double and recorded 2 runs in his debut with the team. Also note that just between Chase Utley and Matt Kemp’s combined 12 at-bats vs. Eflin, they have 7 hits, a .583 average.
Starting tonight for LA is Ross Stripling, who’s (8-2) with a 2.01 ERA this season. He has been absolutely brilliant for the Dodgers this year, and especially efficient with 108 K’s in 95 innings. Earlier this year against Philadelphia, Stripling went 7 innings, racked up 9 K’s while only allowing one run. Born in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Stripling has a career 1-0 record with a 3.77 ERA against the Phillies. Seemingly, the Dodgers have the pitching edge tonight and are on a tear this July (12-5 record this month) and look to continue that trend tonight in Philly.
* Dodgers ML (-145)
* Dodgers F5 -0.5 (-110)
* Dodgers TTO 4.5 (+115)