Chase Utley returned to Philadelphia yesterday and cracked the liberty bell in grand style belting a two run dinger followed by a grand slam en route to a 15-5 drubbing of the fightin phils. The Giants also lost 4-3 to the Pirates which propelled the Dodgers to First place in the NL West by a 1/2 game. The Dodgers are actually playing 500 ball on the road thanks to the victory.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) August 17, 2016
So today the Giants will play the Pirates at 12 noon. So we will know if the Giants won or lost prior to the start of the Dodgers game. It’s been a long road to pass the free-falling Giants. The Dodgers need to keep the momentum going to avoid the wild card game.
So today against the Phillies it will be Scott Kazmir 9-6 4.44 ERA on the hill for Dodgers against Jake Thompson 1-1 8.68 ERA. The Dodgers have never faced Thompson so hopefully he won’t look like Cy Young today. We know how the Dodgers can make certain pitchers look unhittable.
Game Time – 4:05 PM – TV- SNLA
Dodgers and Phillies Lineup TBA
Jake Thompson is a rookie so the Dodgers have never faced him. I would expect the same lineup they had last night against Velasquez. We all know the Dodgers have has success against right handers. Here’s the scoop on Thompson from Baseball America:
Thompson owns two fastballs—a four-seamer in the 93-94 mph range and a two-seamer a tick lower than that—as well as a slider, curveball and a changeup. He likes to mix his fastballs at what he labels a roughly 50-50 clip, especially to keep lefthanded hitters from diving out on the plate to get to his four-seamer. His changeup is developing and the Phillies would like him to incorporate it more. He’s a big-bodied guy who needed to work on his conditioning in order to improve his stamina and he’s pitched at least six innings in 10 of his past 11 starts, topping 100 pitches in four of those starts. Here is the Link to find out info on Jake Thompson.
Scott Kazmir faced the Phillies last week at Dodger Stadium. Kazmir pitched well allowing two runs on four hits over six innings while striking out six and walking three. He was nonetheless tagged with a 6-2 loss. The two runs off Kazmir came in the 7th inning. So look for six innings from Kazmir. I’m expecting the Dodgers offense to take care of this game. Let’s go Pirates at 12 noon.