The Dodgers kept their winning streak alive on Independence Day with two come from behind rallies against the Orioles. The final rally saw them come from behind to overcome a 5-2 deficit and defeat the Baltimore club by a 7-5 score. It was Corey Seager’s triple that keyed the go-ahead run and broke a 5-5 tie. The Dodgers have now won ten consecutive home games and five straight games. The record is 13 home wins in a row back in 2009.
Overall the Dodgers are 48-37 and have turned their season around. My three solid weeks of complaining has made a huge difference. Or maybe guys like Justin Turner, Howie Kendrick, and Yasiel Puig finding their strokes has helped too. I would say it’s all played a part in a team wide effort. It’s now official. The Dodgers no longer suck. Sounds pretty nice doesn’t it?
There are still some problems to work out though. Clayton Kershaw is hurt, and Dave Roberts refuses to let any starter go past the fifth inning. His obsession with using 6 relievers per game has become borderline neurotic. However the Dodgers are scorching hot right now and I don’t want to see the all-star break halt their momentum.
Dodgers Lineup vs. Baltimore
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Game Time 7:10 PM – TV -SNLA
Their series with the Baltimore Orioles goes on as the second game will see right hander Chris Tillman countering Kenta Maeda.
Tillman is the 28-year old right hander from Anaheim. He was drafted by the Mariners in 2008, but was traded to the Orioles in the Erik Bedard, George Sherrill trade. Oh sure there were other players involved in that trade like current Oriole Adam Jones, but none more important than George Sherrill. Tillman has spent his entire 8-year MLB career with the Orioles. He’s been the de facto ace posting a 66-44 record in 166 starts for Baltimore.
This season he has posted a 10-2 record with a 3.71 ERA over 17 starts. In 99.1 innings pitched he’s whiffed 91 and walked 36. He’s posted a 1.2 WHIP and allowed 8.0 hits per nine. He is 4-1 with a 4.88 ERA in 16 career interleague starts. Tillman has never faced the Dodgers, but has faced a few of the current Dodgers who used to play in the American League. The veteran has a four pitch mix that includes a four-seamer, cutter, curveball and changeup.
Tillman vs. Dodgers
The Dodgers will counter with Kenta Maeda. The Japanese right hander is 7-5 with a 2.82 ERA over his 16 starts. During his last start he defeated the Brewers by allowing just one earned run on three hits over six innings and striking out six. He’s struck out 89 and walked 26 across 92.2 innings pitched. Maeda has a 1.090 WHIP and has struck out 8.6 batters per nine.
If the Dodgers win tonight this would be the second six game winning streak of the season. The boys in blue are now 27-15 at home and have a 1.5 game lead over the Mets for the top wild card spot in the National League. Don’t forget to tune in to the announcement for the all-star game reserves and pitching staff. I expect for Clayton Kershaw and Corey Seager to be named to the National League squad. I don’t expect for Chris Hatcher to be named at all.