NL Contenders: Dodgers (55-44) vs. Phillies (55-43)

All has been okay for the Dodgers, who have been going win-loss, win-loss, since coming out of the All-Star break. They still find themselves atop the NL West, as they look to keep it going.

The Phillies, on the other hand, surpassed the Braves shortly before the break and will be looking to end their playoff drought this year. Their starting pitching and offense alike have been looking good.

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Los Angels Dodgers

A great surprise for these guys this year has been the emergence of Ross Stripling as the most reliable/healthy starting pitcher on the squad. He’s over 100 strikeouts on the year, has posted a 2.08 ERA, and leads the team with eight wins. He deservingly got voted into the All Star Game, and his pitching has been significant. Yasmani Grandal and Chris Taylor have come back to earth after slow starts to the season, while the power of Cody Bellinger has finally started to be visible. It’s all starting to come together for Dave Roberts and his squad.

Speaking of Ross Stripling, he will make his 26th appearance (15th start) of the year for these Dodgers tonight. His last outing, in the All Star Game, did not go so well as he allowed three runs on four hits in one and two thirds innings. There is always room to improve, and we will likely see that from Stripling tonight. He is a stud out there.

Philadelphia Phillies

Oh how things have changed from the beginning. If they weren’t before, Phillies fans should not be on board with manager Gabe Kapler. He’s helped a team struggling below mediocrity for a number of years get back to division leader. The signing of Carlos Santana has proved wonders for this team, while Odubel Herrera and Rhys Hoskins have also been clobbering the ball of late. Aaron Nola has been pitching like a prime Cy Young candidate, while Seranthony Dominguez has filled in admirably as the team’s closer. Their success is likely to continue through the rest of the year, so beware of the boys from Philly!

They will send Zach Eflin to the mound for his thirteenth start of the season. The 3rd-year pitcher has posted an impressive 7-2 record, striking out 67 and walking just 14 batters in 68 2/3 innings of work. He has an ERA of 3.15, much better than his totals the past two years. He allowed three runs on five hits in five innings of work against the Mets in his last start on July 9.

Phillies, Eflin come away with a win.

As good as Ross Stripling has been, he will struggle tonight. His poor appearance in the All Star Game will be fresh in his mind tonight, as he fails to deliver. Zach Eflin though, will fire six strong innings.

Rhys Hoskins will go yard twice in this contest, while Carlos Santana also drives home three runs. Too much power from Philly tonight.

Take the Phillies +125 over the Dodgers.

  • Bet on the Philadelphia Phillies +125
  • Bet on the Los Angeles Dodgers -145
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