The Dodgers had an eventful start to their East Coast road trip, managing to take two of three from the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. After the first game where the offense could barely muster a run, they exploded to score 11 runs in the second game, and then took 12 innings to finally get the win on Sunday evening.
A.J. Pollock looked really good in his return from the IL. He was 6-for-14 with two homers and six RBI, and was responsible for all the RBI in the regulation innings of Sunday’s game.
The Dodgers are keeping an eye on Chris Taylor and his wrist. CT3 was hit by a pitch in the 11th inning of Sunday night’s game. He stayed in to play second in the bottom half of the inning, but was then removed from the game. He had an X-Ray at the stadium which was negative, but he said the machine was “kind of old” and was still in a lot of pain after the game.
Taylor did well filling in for Corey Seager while Seager was on the IL dealing with a hamstring issue, although he has hit a slump at the plate as of late. If he is to go on the IL, it would conceivably lead to more playing time for Enrique Hernandez, who also has been slumping big time at the plate. As we all know Manager Dave Roberts likes to give players ample playing time to sort themselves out at the plate, and this could be just what Kiké needs to help himself out there.
Now the Dodgers head into the Philadelphia to start a four game set with the Phillies. The Phils are coming of a weekend series with the Washington Nationals, and won the one game started by Max Scherzer. They sit at 48-45, 8.5 games out of the NL East, and are the second Wild Card team as of now, a half game behind those same Nationals.
The Dodgers will see all right handed starters in Philly. Pitching matchups will see Clayton Kershaw make his first start of second half tonight against Zach Eflin. Eflin is 7-8 on the season with a 3.78 ERA, 83 strikeouts and a 1.30 WHIP.
Tuesday’s game will be Walker Buehler and Vince Velasquez. In 20 games, he is 2-5 with a 4.63 ERA and only 63 strikeouts. He has not gone longer than 5.0 innings in any of his last three starts.
Wednesday will see Kenta Maeda and Nick Pavetta. Also not one to long into games, Pavetta has given up at least three earned runs in each of his last three games. He is 4-4 with a 5.81 ERA and only 54 strikeouts.
Thursday’s matinee game will feature Ross Stripling, coming off an outstanding outing against the Red Sox, and Aaron Nola who is the Phillies best pitcher right now. Nola is 8-2 on the season with a 3.63 ERA and 133 strikeouts. He has only allowed two earned runs in his last 20.2 innings of work. Also, the Phillies will be wearing their sweet powder blue retro uniforms for Thursday’s game.
All games will be at 4:05 PST with the exception of Thursday’s game, which will be at 9:35 PST.