Philadelphia on Three-Game Win Streak
The Philadelphia Phillies go for a fourth straight victory when they take on the host Los Angeles Dodgers in the third of a four-game weekend series on Saturday night. Philadelphia has won the first two games of the series, including a high-scoring 10-inning victory on Friday night. Los Angeles has dropped four of five but is hanging into the top spot in the NL West by percentage points over the San Diego Padres. There have been a lot of offensive fireworks in the first two games, so make sure you read this in-depth preview of Saturday night’s contest before you make any bet online.
Phillies Having No Trouble with LA Pitching
The Philadelphia Phillies might wish they could face the Los Angeles Dodgers more than the seven scheduled contests between the teams this season after the way they’ve hit the hosts. Philadelphia has 27 hits and 21 runs in the first two contests against the team that had the best team ERA in baseball.
“We know they’re really good,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said after Friday’s win. “Their staff is fantastic. Our guys are just grinding out at-bats, and they’ve done a really good job. We think we have a pretty good offense, and at times we struggled this year, but we’ve seemed to get it going on this road trip. We know that we have a bunch of gifted hitters. We feel that.”
Designated hitter Bryce Harper continued his hot streak on Friday, finishing 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, a walk, two RBIs and two runs scored. Through the first five games of Philadelphia’s current road trip, Harper is 11-for-19 with five doubles, two home runs, five RBIs and six runs scored.
Outfielder Nick Castellanos was 2-for-6, including a go-ahead, two-run double in the top of the 10th. Castellanos is batting .289 with nine doubles, five home runs, 21 RBIs and 17 runs scored in his first season with Philadelphia.
Left-hander Ranger Suarez will get the start for the Phillies. Suarez is 3-1 with a 3.68 ERA in six starts, striking out 22 in 29⅓ innings. He picked up a win in his last start against the Seattle Mariners on Monday, throwing six scoreless innings while allowing four hits and striking out seven.
Dodgers Suddenly Having Pitching Woes
The Los Angeles Dodgers are suddenly scrambling to find someone who can shut down opponents. The team took a hit on Friday when the scheduled starter, Clayton Kershaw, went on the injured list with inflammation in his right SI joint, which connects the base of the spine to the hip bones. Walker Buehler was moved into the start but struggled, allowing five runs over five innings.
Left-hander Julio Urias will take his turn in the rotation on Saturday, trying to improve on his 2-2 record and 2.10 ERA. Urias has made six starts, lasting a total of 30 innings, recording 23 strikeouts and eight walks. He took the loss in his last outing, facing the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday and allowing two runs and 11 hits over six innings.
Justin Turner had a big game in Friday’s loss, finishing 2-for-5 with a double, a home run, four RBIs and a run scored. Turner has been struggling a bit this season, batting just .211 with nine doubles, two home runs, 23 RBIs and 13 runs scored.
Outfielder Mookie Betts had a solid game, going 2-for-6 with a double and an RBI, but he also struck out twice and grounded into a double play in the bottom of the 10th that hurt the team’s rally chances. Betts is batting .246 with four doubles, five home runs, 14 RBIs and 27 runs scored, which is tied for the most in baseball.
Philadelphia Phillies vs Los Angeles Dodgers Head-to-Head
The Philadelphia Phillies are a win away from earning their first series victory in Dodger Stadium since the 2014 campaign. In the six series played against the Los Angeles Dodgers in their home venue since then, Philadelphia was 5-15 heading into this series.
Philadelphia has not won the overall season series against Los Angeles since 2018, when it split four games played in Dodger Stadium. Looking at the MLB lines, Philadelphia is the underdog once again despite its wins in the first two games of the series.
Philadelphia Phillies vs Los Angeles Dodgers Game Information
- Game: Philadelphia Phillies (16-17) at Los Angeles Dodgers (20-11)
- Location: Dodger Stadium
- Day/Time: Saturday, 10:10 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: MLB TV
Philadelphia Phillies vs Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Lines
Philadelphia Phillies vs Los Angeles Dodgers Prediction
The Philadelphia Phillies are playing well — at least at the plate. The Los Angeles Dodgers need a big performance from Urias, but even that might not be enough against a hot Phillies squad.
When making your MLB picks, take Philadelphia to pick up another road win.