After a brief home stand against American League opponents where they went 4-2, the Los Angeles Dodgers will now hit the road, this time heading to the East Coast to kick things off.
Currently, there are only 50 games left in the season, which went by in a blink. The Dodgers are 67-45, four games behind the first-place Giants in the NL West.
During this six-game road trip, the Dodgers will face a couple of National League East opponents in the Phillies and Mets, who are trending in different directions.
Currently, the Phillies are 59-53, while the Mets are 56-55. It is quite astonishing to see teams with those records lead a division while the Dodgers are 67-45 and in second place.
Just yesterday, it was reported that the MLB was talking about possibly implementing a 14 team playoff this off-season.
The Phillies are one of the hottest teams currently in the league. They’ve won eight straight games and have overtaken first place in the division. Bryce Harper has emerged as a front-running MVP candidate.
As of now, pitching matchups have only been announced for the first two games, and they’re good ones.
The Dodgers will send Max Scherzer to the mound for the first game against a team he’s quite familiar with, while the Phillies will send out righty Aaron Nola. Scherzer has made. four starts in Philadelphia in just over two months. However, this time he will be wearing Dodger blue.
Scherzer will make his second start for the Dodgers after going seven innings and allowing two runs while striking out ten batters against the Astros last Wednesday. So far on the season, Scherzer is 9-4 with a 2.75 ERA. Nola has had an excellent career resume, but this year he’s struggled a bit going 7-6 with a 4.46 ERA.
After facing the Phillies, the Dodgers will visit the Mets, who this weekend dropped from first place to third place and seem to be headed in the wrong direction. They’re 2-8 in their last ten games and have lost four straight. In fact, the Mets will play the Dodgers and Giants for 13 straight games.
Playing a team that’s as hot as the Phillies will be a test for the Dodgers, as manager Dave Roberts said it’s time for the team to play with a sense of urgency.
The Dodgers will take on the Phillies and Mets on the road each for three games, then will return home to play the Pirates.
The first pitch for Tuesday’s opener is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. Pacific.