7:05 PM ET, August 16, 2013
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Los Angeles: Greinke (10-3, 3.21 ERA)
Philadelphia: Lee (10-5, 3.18 ERA)
The Los Angeles Dodgers are sizzling. This hasn’t happened in a long time in the MLB.
On the other hand, the Philadelphia Phillies have disappointed many YouWager bettors the last four weeks.
The surging L.A. team looks to keep rolling tonight when they open a three-game road set versus the woeful Phillies.
NL West-leading Dodgers (70-50) have gone a major league-best 40-8 since, the franchise’s best 48-game stretch in the modern era and the best in baseball since the 1942 St. Louis Cardinals went 41-7 from Aug. 11-Oct. 1.
Yasiel Puig has been incredibly important in that success, posting a major league-best .368 average with 11 homers, 27 RBIs and 47 runs since getting called up. Adrian Gonzalez, meanwhile, is 8 for 16 with runners in scoring position this month.
Puig and Gonzalez came up with back-to-back doubles in the 12th inning as the Dodgers came back to beat the New York Mets 5-4. Los Angeles has outscored opponents 51-21 during an eight-game winning streak, their longest since a nine-game run May 9-18, 2010.
However, the Phillies (53-67) have hit .218 and compiled a 5.12 ERA in going a major league-worst 4-19 since July 20.
Philadelphia comes home after getting outscored 33-16 during a 1-5 away from home. Starter John Lannan allowed five runs in 1 1/3 innings before leaving with a knee injury in Wednesday’s 6-3 defeat versus the Atlanta Braves.
Even when getting a six-hitter from Cole Hamels in Monday’s 5-1 victory at Turner Field, the Phillies’ starters recorded a 7.04 ERA during the team’s trek.
Starting for Philadelphia will be Cliff Lee (10-5, 3.18 ERA) who has recently had a difficult go, posting an 0-3 record and a 5.63 ERA in his last four starts. The 34 year-old surrendered three runs in six innings but didn’t receive a decision in Saturday’s 8-5 defeat versus the Washington Nationals.
The Dodgers will counter with fellow Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke (10-3, 3.21). The 29 year-old has looked every bit like one of the best pitchers in the game over his last 10 starts, going 7-1 with a 2.49 ERA.
According to the MLB moneyline posted by YouWager experts, Los Angeles has taken eight of 11 from the Phillies, including four straight at Citizens Bank Park.