The "Mighty" Los Angeles Dodgers Stroll into Town to Take on the Philadelphia Phillies
By Joseph Hickman
The “Mighty” Los Angeles Dodgers stroll into South Philadelphia tonight to kick off a three game series against the Philadelphia Phillies or, the “Fighten'” Phils. When I say “Fighten'” Phils, I mean that lightly. When I say “Mighty Dodgers”, I mean that seriously. For the love of God, the Dodgers are 40-8 since June 22. That is the best 48-game stretch in the MLB since 1942, when the St. Louis Cardinalswent 41-7 from Aug. 11 – Oct 1.
The Dodgers have been led by Hanley Ramirez, who is back to being Hanley, some guy named Clayton Kershaw, and Cuban sensation Yasiel Puig. Puig is a flat-out freak. He has been with the Dodgers for three months and the lowest OBP he has is .352, which occurred in July. He had a .467 OBP in June and in August thus far, he has .500 OBP. Overall, he is hitting .368 with 11 bombs and 27 RBI in 242 AB’s. Did I say freak yet?
Hey, at least Domonic Brown is hitting for the Phils. Since returning from his concussion, he is hitting .344 with three bombs and nine RBI.
Well, that’s all I got for the Phils hitters. Why? Mostly, because he is the only other Phillie hitting besides Chase Utley. Utley is hitting .319 with one bomb and seven RBI in the month of August.
Moving on, Cliff Lee will be on the bump tonight for the Phils. Lee is coming off his first quality start since Jul. 5. He is 10-for-5 with a 3.18 ERA, and has a 145/26 K:BB ratio. On the hill for the Dodgers will be Zack Greinke. In his last outing, Greinke went eight innings, walked one, while striking out seven and throwing 112 pitches in six and a half innings for his tenth win on the season. Over his last 10 starts, Greinke is 7-for-1 with a 2.49 ERA over that stretch. Overall, he 10-for-3 with a 3.21 ERA.
By the way, Roy Halladay‘s fast ball was clocked between 85 to 87 mph in his simulated outing, according to a witness. Who’s excited?! *Crickets*…