|LA DODGERS ( WOOD )|
PHILADELPHIA ( THOMPSON )
|955||LA DODGERS||-235||Ov 8.5,+100||-270||Ov 8.5,-110|
|956||PHILADELPHIA||+215||Un 8.5,-120||+235||Un 8.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||66-41||-3.4||51-49||4.5||0.246||0.321||0.417||0.738||3.6||0.224||0.285||0.366||0.651|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-2.3||2-4||3.6||0.216||0.300||0.414||0.714||3.3||0.217||0.276||0.335||0.611|
|vs Left-handed Starters||21-20||+10.5||16-22||4.4||0.243||0.306||0.406||0.712||4.5||0.258||0.325||0.420||0.744|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+5.2||2-4||5.1||0.247||0.300||0.417||0.717||2.7||0.191||0.254||0.382||0.636|
|9/11/2017||MAEDA(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||STRATTON(R)||6-8||L||-200||8 ov||O||8||11||0||12||5||1|
|9/12/2017||KERSHAW(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CUETO(R)||5-3||W||-260||6.5 ev||O||9||13||1||14||11||0|
|9/13/2017||DARVISH(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||MOORE(L)||4-1||W||-220||7.5 ev||U||6||9||0||5||2||2|
|9/15/2017||WOOD(L)||@ WASHINGTON||JACKSON(R)||7-0||W||-150||9.5 ev||U||9||5||0||4||8||0|
|9/16/2017||HILL(L)||@ WASHINGTON||COLE(R)||3-2||W||-160||9 ov||U||7||8||0||5||4||0|
|9/17/2017||RYU(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||1-7||L||135||8 un||P||5||9||0||8||6||1|
|9/18/2017||KERSHAW(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PIVETTA(R)||3-4||L||-380||7.5 ov||U||5||5||0||4||2||0|
|9/19/2017||DARVISH(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||NOLA(R)||2-6||L||-155||7.5 ev||O||9||7||1||8||6||0|
|9/20/2017||WOOD(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||THOMPSON(R)|| |
|9/21/2017||MAEDA(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEITER JR.(R)|| |
|9/22/2017||HILL(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|9/23/2017||RYU(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|9/24/2017||KERSHAW(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||STRATTON(R)|| |
|9/25/2017||DARVISH(R)||SAN DIEGO||WOOD(L)|| |
|9/26/2017||WOOD(L)||SAN DIEGO||LAMET(R)|| |
|9/27/2017|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|9/6/2017||PIVETTA(R)||@ NY METS||GSELLMAN(R)||3-6||L||-105||8 un||O||5||3||0||10||5||1|
|9/7/2017||NOLA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)||3-4||L||130||8 ev||U||8||6||1||10||8||1|
|9/8/2017||THOMPSON(R)||@ WASHINGTON||SCHERZER(R)||10-11||L||280||8 ov||O||14||7||2||16||9||0|
|9/9/2017||LEITER JR.(R)||@ WASHINGTON||JACKSON(R)||5-4||W||155||9 ov||P||9||8||1||7||5||0|
|9/10/2017||LIVELY(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||2-3||L||200||8 un||U||5||2||0||6||4||0|
|9/15/2017||LEITER JR.(R)||OAKLAND||MENGDEN(R)||0-4||L||-130||10 un||U||2||1||0||8||6||0|
|9/18/2017||PIVETTA(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||4-3||W||+305||7.5 ov||U||4||2||0||5||5||0|
|9/19/2017||NOLA(R)||LA DODGERS||DARVISH(R)||6-2||W||+145||7.5 ev||O||8||6||0||9||7||1|
|9/20/2017||THOMPSON(R)||LA DODGERS||WOOD(L)|| |
|9/21/2017||LEITER JR.(R)||LA DODGERS||MAEDA(R)|| |
|9/22/2017||LIVELY(R)||@ ATLANTA||NEWCOMB(L)|| |
|9/23/2017||ALVAREZ(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|9/24/2017||PIVETTA(R)||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|9/27/2017|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|LA DODGERS: 2016: 91-71, first place, lost to Chicago Cubs in NLCS
Manager: Dave Roberts (second season)
Who's new? IF Logan Forsythe, OF Franklin Gutierrez, OF Brett Eibner, RHP Sergio Romo
Who's gone? OF Josh Reddick, C Carlos Ruiz, RHP Joe Blanton, RHP Jose De Leon, LHP J.P. Howell, RHP Louis Coleman, RHP Jesse Chavez
Projected lineup: 2B Logan Forsythe (.264, 20 HR, 52 RBI with Rays) or Chase Utley (.252, 14, 52), SS Corey Seager (.308, 26 72), 3B Justin Turner (.275, 27, 90), 1B Adrian Gonzalez (.285, 18, 90), RF Yasiel Puig (.263, 11, 45) or Andre Ethier (.208, 1, 2 in 16 games), C Yasmani Grandal (.228, 27, 72), CF Joc Pederson (.246, 25, 68), LF Andrew Toles (.314, 3, 16) or Trayce Thompson (.225, 13, 32)
Rotation: LH Clayton Kershaw (12-4, 1.69 ERA), RH Kenta Maeda (16-11, 3.48), LH Rich Hill (12-5, 2.12 with A's and Dodgers), RH Brandon McCarthy (2-3, 4.95), LH Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-1, 11.57 in one game) or LH Alex Wood (1-4, 3.73)
Key relievers: RH Kenley Jansen (3-2, 1.83, 47/53 SV), RH Pedro Baez (3-2, 3.04), LH Grant Dayton (0-1, 2.05), LH Luis Avilan (3-0, 3.20), RH Josh Fields (1-0, 4.63 with Astros and Dodgers), RH Sergio Romo (1-0, 2.64 with Giants), RH Chris Hatcher (5-4, 5.53)
Hot spots: Outfield and rotation. The Dodgers set a record for Disabled List trips in 2016. Ethier, who missed most of last season with a broken tibia, compared his recent back injury to 'Groundhog Day.' Even without Ethier there isn't room for Puig, Pederson, Toles, Thompson, Scott Van Slyke, Franklin Gutierrez and Brett Eibner. The pitching staff was decimated last year too, but a deep farm system produced a wave of capable reinforcements. If Scott Kazmir, McCarthy or Ryu can't pitch, Julio Urias, Brock Stewart and Ross Stripling can step in.
Outlook: After two straight winters laying low on the free agent market, Andrew Friedman bet big on his 2016 roster. Turner, Jansen, Hill and Utley all re-signed, giving the Dodgers a chance to prove last season's NLCS run wasn't a fluke. A full season of Kershaw and Hill ' to name just two ' would improve the team's chances of claiming a fifth straight division title. If the Dodgers want to take the next step, they'll have to get past the defending champion Chicago Cubs, a potential perennial powerhouse whose roster remains similarly intact.
|PHILADELPHIA: 2016: 71-91, fourth place
Manager: Pete Mackanin (third season)
Who's new? LF Howie Kendrick, RF Michael Saunders, C Ryan Hanigan, OF Chris Coghlan, RHP Clay Buchholz, RHP Joaquin Benoit
Who's gone? C A.J. Ellis, 1B Ryan Howard, INF Andres Blanco, OF Peter Bourjos, RHP Charlie Morton, RHP David Hernandez
Projected lineup: 2B Cesar Hernandez (.294, 6 HR, 39 RBI, 17 SB), LF Howie Kendrick (.255, 8, 40, 10 with Dodgers), CF Odubel Herrera (.286, 15, 49, 25), 3B Maikel Franco (.255, 25, 88), RF Michael Saunders (.253, 24, 57 with Blue Jays), 1B Tommy Joseph (.257, 21, 47), C Cameron Rupp (.252, 16, 54), SS Freddy Galvis (.241, 3, 20, 17 SB)
Rotation: RH Jeremy Hellickson (11-14, 3.65 ERA), RH Aaron Nola (6-9, 4.78), RH Clay Buchholz (8-10, 4.78 with Red Sox), RH Vince Velasquez (8-6, 4.12), Jerad Eickhoff (11-14, 3.65)
Key relievers: Jeanmar Gomez (3-5, 4.85, 37/43 SV), Joaquin Benoit (2-0, 0.38 with Blue Jays), Hector Neris (4-4, 2.58), Pat Neshek (2-2, 3.06 with Astros), Edubray Ramos (1-3, 3.83)
Hot spots: Shortstop and closer. Philadelphia is waiting for the arrival of J.P. Crawford, the marquee name in the farm system. Crawford struggled in his first exposure to Triple-A last year, batting .250 with seven home runs in 123 games. In the meantime shortstop belongs to Galvis, who had an MLB-worst .274 on-base percentage last season. Crawford will get a chance once he's deemed ready. Gomez had a 19.13 ERA last September, possibly opening the door for Ramos, Neris or newcomer Benoit to seize the closer's job in spring training.
Outlook: On the long road back to respectability, the Phillies appear closer to the end than the beginning. Young starters Nola, Velasquez and Eickhoff showed flashes of brilliance last year. So did center fielder Herrera, who was rewarded with a five-year contract extension. He's the only player on the roster with a guaranteed contract beyond this year. That points to 2017 as a major transition year with prospects and veterans auditioning for jobs in 2018 and beyond, when the Phillies can be active in free agency.
|Phillies not making it easy for Dodgers|
PHILADELPHIA -- A series between the team with the best record in baseball and one with the second-worst certainly hasn't gone the way one might expect.
Just a few games away from clinching their fifth division title in a row, the Los Angeles Dodgers have run into a surprisingly difficult Philadelphia Phillies squad in the City of Brotherly Love.
The Phillies (60-91) took the first two of a four-game series between the clubs, beating two Dodgers aces along the way. First, an Aaron Altherr grand slam beat Clayton Kershaw 4-3 on Monday night. Then, Rhys Hoskins' three-run double in the seventh inning lifted the Phillies to a 5-2 win on Tuesday night in a game that Yu Darvish started.
"It was nice to beat the Dodgers with Kershaw and Darvish pitching," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "We're playing well right now. Good to beat the Dodgers."
Despite the defeats, the Dodgers (96-55) have their magic number to clinch the National League West down to two. The second-place Arizona Diamondbacks, 9 1/2 games back in the division race, have lost three straight.
If the Dodgers want to wrap up the division at Citizens Bank Park, they will have to get through a Phillies team that is 17-14 over its past 31 games.
"Teams that have nothing to play for but are trying to establish themselves, those are dangerous teams," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "They're gutty and they play hard."
Roberts will hand the ball Wednesday to yet another impressive starting pitcher, left-hander Alex Wood.
Wood (15-3, 2.69 ERA) is coming off throwing six shutout innings against the Washington Nationals on Friday, the eighth time this year he kept the opposition off the scoreboard in one of his starts. He went at least five innings each of those outings, and he has thrown six or more shutout innings six times.
Though shoulder issues sent him to the DL in late August, Wood feels as if he is back to where he needs to be to help the Dodgers go for their first World Series since 1988.
"I'm pretty close, still a little bit to go," Wood said after the win over Washington. "I've been working really hard to solidify my mechanics and get back to where I need to be for the playoffs."
In 13 career appearances (eight starts) against the Phillies, Wood is 3-3 with a 3.40 ERA. He has not faced Philadelphia this season.
Phillies starter Jake Thompson will make his 10th start of the season on Wednesday night as he faces the Dodgers for the first time this year.
Thompson (2-2, 4.46 ERA) is coming off a strong outing against the Miami Marlins last Thursday. He gave up six hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings, but he struck out six to help keep him from allowing any runs. It was Thompson's first win since July 28, a span of five starts.
He faced the Dodgers once as a rookie in 2016, giving up five earned runs in five innings during a 7-2 loss.
|Last Updated: 10/23/2017 3:00:23 AM EST|