The Dodgers are coming off of a 5-4 home stand and a tough series loss to the Pirates. Oddly enough the Pirates are now playing a series at San Francisco and have helped the Dodgers move closer to first place by beating the sputtering Giants. The boys in blue enter today only a half game behind in the NL West.
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The Dodgers will now embark on a 7-game road trip to Philadelphia and Cincinnati once again unsure of who will toe the rubber from game to game. For today the Dodgers do know who will take the mound and that’s Japanese right hander Kenta Maeda. He’s been a rock for the Dodgers all season long.
Dodgers @ Philadelphia
Kenta Maeda-11-7 vs. Vince Velasquez-8-4
Game Time – 4:10 PM – TV- SNLA
Maeda faced the Phillies last week in a 9-3 Dodger win at Dodger Stadium. During that start Maeda allowed 3 earned runs on 6 hits over 5 innings. He’s now won three consecutive decisions. Overall Maeda has an 11-7 record with a 3.31 ERA over 23 starts. He’s struck out 129 and walked 34 while posting a solid 1.087 WHIP. Maeda is 7-2 with a 3.28 ERA on the road.
Maeda vs. Phillies
The Phillies will counter with 24-year old right hander Vince Velasquez. The second year starter got hammered by the Dodgers last week to the tune of 9 earned runs on 11 hits across 4.2 innings pitched. Overall Velasquez has been pretty good. He has an 8-4 record with a 3.94 ERA in 20 starts. He’s struck out 10.1 per nine and has struck out 120 over 107.1 innings pitched. Velasquez is 0-1 with a 15.19 ERA I 2 appearances against the Dodgers.
Velasquez vs. Dodgers
Justin Turner is still battling a sore hand which he injured fielding a grounder on Saturday night. The Dodgers said the bruising had subsided considerably on Sunday and with the day off on Monday they are hopeful he’ll be back in the lineup today. Turner has been one of the best third baseman is all of baseball over the last two months.
The red dream is batting .274 with 21 home runs and 67 runs driven in with an .843 OPS in 451 plate appearances. Right hander Bud Norris is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday. He was placed on the disabled list because of hip stiffness and is expected to take Brandon McCarthy’s vacant spot in the rotation.
This is a completely different Philadelphia roster than what we have become used to in the past seasons. The Phillie’s roster is filled with rookies. Although Ryan Howard and catcher Carlos Ruiz still remain with the club. Howard is batting .196 but has slugged 17 home runs and driven in 40 runs in 85 games. The Phillies have actually won 4 in a row and are 28-29 at home this season.
Game Notes-In case you were wondering Chase Utley is hitting .293 with a .375 OBP and 127 home runs in his career at Citizen’s Bank Park.