The day of reckoning for the Giants has arrived. Today is moving day! This is the day where the Dodgers take over sole possession of first place in the NL West, pushing the sad sack Giants back into second place where they belong. Get comfy Giants; you’re going to be there for the rest of the season. Hopefully.
Pack up your troubles San Francisco, because after Tuesday night’s 9-3 Dodger win over Philadelphia and your pathetic 2-0 shutout loss to the Marlins, Don Mattingly and Tom Koehler gave the Dodgers a share of first place for the first time since May 14. This afternoon the Dodgers will kick the Giants out of their rental causing Giant fans to be sad and miserable.
The Dodger bats were red hot last night. The boys in blue used three home runs (Howie Kendrick, Justin Turner, Yasmani Grandal) and another wonderful performance from the bullpen to improve to a season high 15 games above .500. Kendrick had a day to remember. It was his bobblehead night, his two sons threw out the ceremonial first pitch, and he went 2 for 4 with a home run and 3 runs driven in.
Turner hit his 21st home run of the season becoming just the fifth Dodger third baseman to hit 20 or more in a season. He joins the esteemed company of Adrian Beltre, Ron Cey, Todd Ziele, and Tim Wallach. Dodger catcher Yasmani Grandal hit his 18 home run of the season as well.
Dodgers Lineup vs. Philadelphia-TBA
Game Time – 12:10 PM – TV-SNLA
Today the Dodgers will look for their fifth straight win and a series sweep of the awful Phillies. Jeremy Hellickson will take on Scott Kazmir in the series finale. The 29-year old right hander was traded to the Phillies from the Dbacks and has had a decent season. Hellickson is 9-7 with a 3.72 ERA in 23 starts. In 138 frames he’s struck out 112 and walked 31. He’s posted a 4.15 FIP and struck out 7.2 per nine innings pitched. Hellickson is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in 3 career starts against the Dodgers.
Hellickson vs. Dodgers
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As for Scott Kazmir it’s anyone’s guess which Kazmir will show up. Will it be the decent Kazmir that can give the Dodgers a Quality start? Or will it be the awful Kazmir that gives up over 8 runs per outing in the first inning? Last week we saw the awful Kazmir against the Red Sox when he allowed 4 earned runs on 5 hits over 5.1 innings in a 9-0 blowout loss.
Kazmir is 9-5 with a 4.51 ERA in 22 starts. He has an 86 ERA+ and has posted a 1.282 WHIP across 121.2 innings pitched. Kazmir has recorded 126 whiffs and allowed 43 walks. Kazmir is 1-1 with a 7.04 ERA in 3 career starts against the Phillies. The Phillies are batting .250 (7 for 28) against Kazmir.
Kazmir vs. Phillies
While the Dodgers are wrapping up the Philadelphia series, the Giants will be finishing their series in Miami. In that game Jeff Samardzija will counter David Phelps. The Dodgers are off on Thursday and then the Pirates come into town for a weekend series.
The Dodgers will have to do some redecorating once they move into their new first place apartment. That tacky Giants’ decor just won’t do. So settle in and get comfortable. The Dodgers are moving on up! Just thinking about all of the Giants fans upset at work tomorrow makes me smile.
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