The Los Angeles Dodgers (67-45) will look to continue their winning streak to four games as they face the Philadelphia Phillies (59-54). After the trade deadline, the Phillies have flipped the script as they are in the first place and 1.5 games ahead of the Atlanta Braves.
The Dodgers will have David Price on the mound for this contest. On the other side, Kyle Gibson will be making his third start as a member of the Phillies.
David Price is not the same Cy Young caliber pitcher he once was but he hasn’t had some good stretches but has been vulnerable at times. As for Kyle Gibson, he has had a tough career with the Minnesota Twins but has been able to turn it around with the Texas Rangers and even made his first All-Star appearance before being dealt at the deadline.
Los Angeles Dodgers Preview
The Los Angeles Dodgers have one thing other than defending their World Series title, which is lessening the gap between them and the San Francisco Giants to take first place in the tough NL West. Price came out of the bullpen against the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 1st but is back in the starting rotation for this one. David Price this season has a 4-1 record, 3.53 ERA, and 1.37 WHIP in 51.0 innings pitched.
The left-handed batters he faced are hitting .310, slugging .451 with a .360 wOBA in just 17.2 innings of work. Right-handed hitters are hitting a .262 average, slugging .431 with a .320 wOBA in 33.1 innings. He has 4.21 FIP, and has given up seven home runs.
Los Angeles ranks tenth offensively with a team batting average of .246 and are second in the league in on-base percentage (.335) and second in runs. One trend to keep in mind is the Dodgers are 0-6 in Price’s last six starts.
Philadelphia Phillies Preview
The Philadelphia Phillies’ team looks rejuvenated as the offense has come back to life. The Phillies lost their first game in August to the Dodgers yesterday to a 5-0 shutout after winning eight games in a row. Bryce Harper is proving his doubters wrong as he currently has the second-best odds to win NL MVP.
Kyle Gibson’s first start as a Phillie was great as he got tremendous run support in the crushing 15=4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. He didn’t get quite the same run support against the New York Mets as he had to drive in the go-ahead run at the time to notch a 4-2 victory and his second win in a new uniform. Gibson currently has an 8-3 record, 2.79 ERA, and 1.18 WHIP in 125.2 innings pitched this season with the Rangers and Phillies.
Left-handed batters are hitting .240, slugging .347 with a .295 wOBA in just 60.1 innings. Right-handed hitters are hitting a .203 average, slugging .289 with a .257 wOBA in 65.1 innings. He has 3.72 FIP and has given up nine long-balls this year.
Philadelphia is not too far behind the Dodgers when it comes to team batting average as they rank twelfth offensively with an average of .243. The team is eleventh in the league in on-base percentage (.320) and thirteenth in runs.
Dodgers vs Phillies – Final Thoughts
It is hard to forget the fact that David Price has been vulnerable at times throughout this season, and Kyle Gibson has shown that he could pitch out of trouble. The Phillies have been playing well since the trade deadline as the team is playing with a lot more confidence with momentum on their side. Take the Phillies ML @+115.