The Phillies (64-54) will continue their four games visit with the Dodgers (59-59, 2nd National League West) with another night game at Dodgers Stadium. The game will start at 10:10 pm Eastern (7:10 pm Pacific). The Phillies’ starter will be their ace Cole Hamels (9-8, 3.35), who is still looking for his tenth win, after six previous attempts where he went 0-3 with three no-decisions, which the Phils would go 2-1. He is coming off a lost to the Marlins on August 7, where he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits, in the Phillies’ 3-0 lost, which was an approvement over his previous start against the Cardinals on August 1, which was also a lost as he got hurt for four earned run on eight hits, as he pitched six innings, in the Phillies’ 6-3 lost. This will be his first career start against the Dodgers. He will be hoping that the Phillies’ offense will finally give him some early runs support, something that they have not been able to do for him lately. The Dodgers will counter with Clayton Kershaw (2-3, 3.71), who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on August 7, where he pitched seven innings, giving up only an earned run on three hits, in the Dodgers’ 4-1 win. He has never faced the Phillies. He will be trying to even his record while hoping that the Phillies’ offense isn’t preparing for a big outburst.
The Phillies’ offense will be trying to rebound from last night’s lost, where they saw their first three batters get seven hits between them (Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino with two each and Chase Utley with three) in fourteen at bats, showing that the team might finally be coming out of its season long funk. If Pat Burrell can get out of his present one for twenty-two funk, and if Ryan Howard can continue hitting, the Phillies should be scoring a lot of runs again, as long as the six to eight hole batters decide to start making contact with the ball and not continue to be automatic outs. But, I will only believe it when I see them put together several games where they can not only score more than three-four runs in a game, but they can score that many runs early without forcing their starters to be perfect. That means scoring some runs early guys, as well as putting together some big innings.
The Phillies lead the Mets by two games as they start a three games series with the Nationals in Washington. The Marlins trail the Phils by two and a half games as they continue their four games series with the Cardinals. The Braves trail the Phillies by nine game, as they get ready to plays the Cubs at home. The Phillies hope to win the series against the much more potent Dodgers while hoping to gain some ground against their rivals in the East.