After dropping another series to the Nationals, the Phillies continue their homestand. They face a big challenge this week in hosting the LA Dodgers for a three-game series. The Phillies are going to have their hands full in this matchup, facing off against one of the best teams in baseball this season. Facing off against the Dodgers again is going to paint a good picture as to how much of a chance that this current roster has at competing for a World Series this season. 

Probable Pitching Matchups

Game one: Zach Eflin (7-8, 3.78 ERA) vs. Clayton Kershaw (7-2, 3.09 ERA) 

Game two: Vince Velasquez (2-5, 4.63 ERA) vs. Walker Buehler (8-1, 3.46 ERA) 

Game three: Nick Pivetta (4-4, 5.81 ER) vs. Kenta Maeda (7-6, 3.82 ERA) 

To be completely honest, the Phillies are in some serious trouble. The last time these two teams squared off in LA, the Dodgers swept the Phillies in pretty convincing fashion. Going up against some of the best arms the Dodgers have to offer right now, and not having Aaron Nola start in this series, is going to be an uphill battle for the Phillies, even playing at home. One positive note is that Nick Pivetta has shown that he can step up big against the Dodgers. He pitched a great outing when the teams played last. Hopefully, the Phillies can see better fortunes than when they last played the Dodgers.

The Pressure is On

Sitting in third place in the division and having to square off against one of the top teams in the league is not an ideal situation. After dropping two of three to the Nationals, the Phillies cannot afford to not win at least one game in this series. Keeping the gap between them and the Nationals close has to be the number one priority right now.

Another reason why this team cannot afford to flop in this series is that if they do, the front office may be reluctant to go out and try and acquire pieces to help this team compete. This would be just the latest example that they can’t beat the top teams. If the Phillies are to be swept by the Dodgers again, it could lead to another summer of meaningless Phillies baseball. The pressure is on for the fightin Phillies. Hopefully, they step up to the plate. 

Stats to keep an eye on 

  • In the last series that these two teams squared off, the Dodgers outscored the Phillies 18-6.
  • Maikel Franco is batting .429 over his last seven games. 
  • JT Realmuto is batting .345 with a .406 OBP over his last seven games. 
  • Cody Bellinger struggles on the road, his away batting average is .316 while his home batting average is .358. 
  • Corey Seager is batting .368 with 12 RBI over his last 15 games.