Now a game and a half out of first place in the NL East and a game behind in the Wild Card race, the Phils (62-49, 2nd East) will start a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park, facing their NLCS opponent of the last two years, the Dodgers (58-54, 4th West).
In the first game, which will start at 7:05 pm tonight, the Phils will send to the mound their fifth starter, Kyle Kendrick (7-4, 4.37), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on August 4, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, as he struck out five, in the Phils’ 7-2 rout of the fish. In his last three starts, his record is 2-0 with a no-decision, as he had pitched nineteen and a third innings, giving up just four runs on eighteen scatterd hits and four walks, while striking out thirteen. After being shelled by the Cardinals on July 19, he has pitched three straight good starts since coming back from Lehigh Valley to replace the injured Jamie Moyer, as he plans to make it four excellent starts in a row as he faces the Dodgers. The Dodgers will counter with former Phil Vincente Padilla (5-3, 3.09), who is coming off a complete game win against the Padres on August 4, as he gave up just two hits and two walks, while striking out nine, in the Dodgers’ 9-0 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he had pitched twenty innings, giving up three runs on twelve hits and four walks, while striking out twenty. He will trying to do his best tonight against his former teammates.
The Phils have added Antonio Bastardo, who is presently throwing a hot hand in Lehigh Valley, to the bullpen to help against the Dodgers’ lefty bats.