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Dodgers power past Phillies by 6-3 on Friday night at Chavez Ravine

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Joc Pederson helped lead host LA past the Phils on Friday night

The Los Angeles Dodgers (39-19) showed the Philadelphia Phillies (33-24) why the National League pennant has gone through the six-time NL West champions in each of the last two seasons, and why it likely will once again in 2019, putting a 6-3 thumping on the visitors on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

In front of 54,307 fans, the largest crowd to see a game at Chavez Ravine since 2012, the Dodgers ripped Phillies starter Jake Arrieta for 10 hits and three home runs. Two of those longballs came in the home 5th inning, when the Dodgers scored three times to break open a tie ball game.
The scoring got started in the bottom of the 3rd inning when Joc Pederson led off with a base hit, which was followed immediately by a two-run homer off the bat of Max Muncy.
The Phillies answered in the top of the 4th when Andrew McCutchen took Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda out to dead center field. His 10th home run of the season cut the deficit to just a 2-1 margin.
In the top of the 5th, Arrieta got himself even. With runners at second and third and two out, the Phillies pitcher lined a base hit to left, scoring Cesar Hernandez with the run that temporarily tied the game back up at 2-2.
It was then that the Dodgers did their heaviest damage. Pederson led off the bottom of the 5th by lifting his 17th home run over the right field fence. Muncy followed with a single, and then shortstop Corey Seager blasted a two-run homer to right, upping the LA lead to a 5-2 score.
Not throwing great pitches when I’m trying to go inside deep,” Arrieta said per Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia after the game. “I’m just leaving them over too much of the plate, really. That’s it. I can get lefties out. You can’t miss middle-in with spin to power-hitting left-handed hitters. You just can’t do it. That’s what I did too many times tonight.
In the bottom of the 8th, Enrique Hernandez popped his 9th home run of the season out to left field, pushing the Dodgers in front by 6-2. The Phillies would get one back in the top of the 9th when Scott Kingery singled home Rhys Hoskins. But closer Kenley Jansen came on to over-match pinch-hitter Andrew Knapp, striking him out to end the ball game.
If the Phillies want to have even a shot at winning this series they are going to have to find a way to beat future Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw on Saturday night. To make matters even worse, the Phillies do not have a named starter for that tilt, and could well go with a bullpen game or an opener followed by, well, who knows?

SHIBE VINTAGE SPORTS STARTING PITCHING PERFORMANCE

  • Jake Arrieta: 5 IP, 10 hits, 5 earned runs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts. Threw 97 pitches, 63 for strikes.
  • Kenta Maeda: 6 IP, 3 hits, 2 earned runs, 0 walks, 6 strikeouts. Threw 88 pitches, 57 for strikes.

PHILLIES NUGGETS PLAYER OF THE GAME: JOC PEDERSON

This could have gone to either Pederson or Muncy. The pick was Pederson since his base hit started the 3rd inning, and then his leadoff homer in the bottom of the 5th immediately put the Dodgers back on top after the Phillies had tied it back up. Pederson went 2-4 with two runs scored and the home run on the night.

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Phillies and Dodgers clash this weekend as the NL’s top two ball clubs

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Dodger Stadium hosts top two teams in the NL this weekend

The Los Angeles Dodgers (38-19) are the two-time defending National League champions and have captured six consecutive NL West Division crowns. They are once again riding high atop the division as we enter the month of June.

This weekend at Dodger Stadium, these two teams will meet for the first of two times this season. They will meet again in a four-game series at Citizens Bank Park just after the MLB All-Star Game in mid-July. The Phillies and Dodgers are the top two teams in the National League to this point in the season, but they have reached that status in very different manners.
The Phillies have been inconsistent in nearly every facet of the game statistically. They are out-performing those stats, fashioning their winning record and frustrating their fans by looking awful in one game and then like world-beaters in the other two games pf most every series.
Meanwhile out in LA-LA Land, the Dodgers have been truly dominating. Offensively, they lead the league in runs scored, OPS and walks, are third in home runs, and are second in stolen-base percentage.
On the mound, Dodgers pitchers have the lowest cumulative ERA in the NL. They lead the league in batting average against, Quality Starts, and OPS against while allowing the fewest walks in the league. The club is also among the more solid defensive units in the league.
The Phillies have gone 20-11 over the last month, and have won nine of their last 13 despite dropping the series finale to Saint Louis on Thursday. During what is arguably the toughest 23-game portion of their 2019 regular season schedule, the Phillies are now 10-7. That stretch comes to an end with this west coast trip to Los Angeles and San Diego over the next six days.
This will be a major test for the Phillies, a chance to measure themselves against the very best in the National League on the road. Even winning one of three games this weekend could be considered a victory. But the Phillies want more than that. They have taken and held first place by winning series, and that will be the goal once again.
There is a tremendous history between these two clubs. The Dodgers defeated the Phillies in the 1977 and 1978 National League Championship Series, the first of those including what has become known as “Black Friday” in Phillies lore, one of the toughest defeats in team history. The Phillies responded by dumping the Dodgers in the 2008 and 2009 NLCS.
And then there was the infamous 1988 battle at Veteran’s Stadium between Dodgers then-skipper Tommy LaSorda and the Phillie Phanatic:

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

TOP LINEUP THREATS

Cody Bellinger: The early-line favorite for the National League Most Valuable Player Award, Bellinger has accumulated quite the highlight reel over the season’s first two months at the plate and in the field. He is slashing .377/.464/.754 with 20 homers, 52 RBIs, 50 runs scored, and seven stolen bases. Formerly the starting first baseman, Bellinger was flipped out to right field in early May. Perhaps some good news for the Phillies? Bellinger is hitting just .250 over his last 10 games. However, he has four homers, seven extra-base hits, and 10 RBIs in that time, so his bat has remained impactful.
Justin Turner: Now in his 11th big-league season, the 34-year-old with the fiery red hair who has finished among the top 15 in NL MVP voting for three straight years is enjoying another solid season. The third baseman has been hot over his last nine games, slashing .359/.405/.513 with nine runs scored.
Joc Pederson: A 27-year-old lefty bat and left fielder, Pederson is another of the hot Dodgers bats. He is slashing .483/.559/.862 over his last nine games with six extra-base hits, seven RBIs, and nine runs scored in that stretch. Having banged 11 of his 16 home runs at home, Pederson will be a major challenge to Phillies pitching this weekend.
Max Muncy: Another of the big Dodgers left-handed bats, the 28-year-old Muncy has mostly started at first base but will also be used at both second and third base at times. His 33 RBIs are second on the club, while his 11 homers and 21 extra-base hits are third. Like a number of the others described here, Muncy has been hot. Over the past two weeks he is slashing .296/.387/.574 with nine extra-base hits and 14 runs scored over his last 14 games.
Alex Verdugo: You guessed it, the 23-year-old Verdugo is yet another big left-handed stick in the Dodgers lineup. With the injury to A.J. Pollock, Verdugo has taken over as the starting center fielder, his first chance to get into the everyday lineup on a full-time basis now in his third season. He is slashing .322/.376/.521 on the season and his RBI per plate appearances mark is second in the starting lineup.

SPOTLIGHT PLAYER

Hyun-Jin Ryu: the Phillies are not scheduled to see Ryu in this series, which is probably the one piece of good news when considering all of the Dodgers stars. The 32-year-old southpaw from South Korea is enjoying his best big-league season after missing half of 2018 with a lingering groin injury. Ryu is 8-1 with a 1.48 ERA and 284 ERA+, both of which lead all of Major League Baseball. His 0.808 WHIP leads the National League, and he has allowed just 54 hits over 73 innings across 11 starts with a 69/5 K:BB ratio.

SCHEDULED STARTING PITCHERS

Kenta Maeda (31): Friday – RHP, 6-2, 3.67 ERA, 1.172 WHIP, 46 hits over 56.1 IP across 10 starts with a 56/20 K:BB
Clayton Kershaw (31): Saturday – LHP, 5-0, 3.46 ERA, 1.077 WHIP, 47 hits over 52 IP across eight starts with a 49/9 K:BB
Rich Hill (39): Sunday – LHP, 1-1, 2.73 ERA, 1.091 WHIP, 30 hits over 33 IP across six starts with a 37/6 K:BB

KEY BENCH & BULLPEN PIECESD

Chris Taylor: 2B/SS/OF – .237/.305/.410, four homers, 19 RBIs, 14 extra-base hits over 155 plate appearances
David Freese: 1B/3B – .269/.412/.500, four homers, 14 RBIs, 10 extra-base hits over 97 plate appearances
Russell Martin: C – .246/.363/.369, four extra-base hits including two homers over 80 plate appearances. The 14-year veteran and rookie Will Smith will split time behind the plate in this series with starting catcher Austin Barnes on the IL.

THE SKIPPER

Dave Roberts is in his fourth season as the Dodgers manager. He guided the club to the NL West crown in his first three seasons, and to the National League pennant and a World Series berth in both of the last two years. He has a career 325-219 record as skipper with LA following on a 10-year career as a player with five different teams. Roberts played with the Dodgers from 2002-04.
He is famed for a stolen base in the 2004 ALCS while with the Red Sox that sparked Boston to a rally from down 3-0 in the series to the Yankees. Boston would rally to win that series in seven games, then would break the 86-year ‘Curse of the Bambino‘ to win their first World Series. Roberts’ steal is now legendary in Boston.

THE BALLPARK

Dodger Stadium is also known in some circles by the nickname “Chavez Ravine” after the 352-acre location in which it was constructed. Opened for the 1962 season, it became the Dodgers second home after the franchise moved west from Brooklyn following the 1957 campaign. The Dodgers played their first four years on the west coast at the Los Angeles Memorial Colisseum.
The beautiful ballpark is now the oldest in Major League Baseball west of the Mississippi River, and third-oldest in MLB behind only Wrigley Field in Chicago and Fenway Park in Boston. It is also the largest baseball stadium in the world by seating capacity, capable of fitting 56,000 fans on an official basis. The record attendance is 57,099 for the 2009 season opener.
Dodger Stadium’s outfield fence is 400-feet to dead-center field, 330-feet down the lines in both right and left fields, and 375-feet to both right and left-center field.
Little known fact: the entire Palo Verde elementary school was simply buried beneath the parking lot northwest of third base when the ballpark and parking lots were constructed.

LOS ANGELES SERIES WEATHER REPORT

As usual with LA, there is a near-zero percent chance of any rain during this three-game series. The high temps are forecast to be right around 70 degrees, overnight lows in the upper-50’s. Temps will be in the 60’s for the bulk of all three games with light winds and moderate humidity. Bottom line: if you chose to make the trip to Los Angeles for any or all of these games, you will experience perfect baseball weather.
Originally published at Phillies Nation as “Phillies series opposition preview: Los Angeles Dodgers”

Cody Bellinger hits for The Cycle to continue special rookie season

On Saturday night at Marlins Park in Miami, Los Angeles Dodgers rookie sensation Cody Bellinger put on a record-setting show.
Bellinger went 4-5, scored twice, and knocked in three runs to help pace the torrid, first place Dodgers to a 7-1 thrashing of the host Miami Marlins.
His night began with a single in the top of the first inning. In the top of the third, Bellinger’s 26th home run of the season opened the scoring, putting LA on top 2-0.
In the top of the fourth, Bellinger lined an RBI double to right field that upped the visitors lead to 6-0. Then in the seventh, he made history.
On the first offering from Marlins reliever Nick Wittgren, Bellinger ripped a ball to right that sailed over the head of Giancarlo Stanton. As the ball rolled to the wall, Bellinger raced around the bases, sliding into third easily ahead of the throw.
With that triple, Bellinger became the first rookie in the long and storied history of Dodgers baseball to hit for ‘The Cycle’ with a single, double, triple, and home run all in the same game.
“Every time he steps on the field,” manager Dave Roberts said per Andy McCullough of the LA Times, “something special can happen.”

MAKING THE MOST OF AN OPPORTUNITY

Special things have been happening all season where Bellinger is concerned. He entered the season as the Dodgers top-ranked prospect according to Baseball America.
In their evaluation of Bellinger, BA hung a 70 grade on his defense at first base. As for his hitting: “Bellinger has a chance to be a foundational hitter in the middle of the lineup,” went their summation.
They also opined that “he could make his debut in the second half of the year.” Clearly, Bellinger has accelerated that arrival timetable.
When the season opened, the four-time defending NL West champs didn’t have an opening for him. Veteran Adrian Gonzalez manned first base. The outfield had Andrew TolesJoc Pederson, and Yasiel Puig as starters.
However, as so often happens, injuries opened up a playing opportunity. First, Toles went down for the season after suffering a torn ACL in early May that required surgery. Then AGonz went to the DL in June with a degenerative disc in his back.
By the time that Toles was lost, Bellinger had already hit himself to Los Angeles with a .343/.429/.627 slash line at AAA Oklahoma City in April. He then took over the left field role full-time following that injury to Toles. Since Gonzalez went down, Bellinger has shifted to first base.
His hitting has suffered little at the hands of big league pitching. Through Saturday night, Bellinger has a .271/.349/.639 slash line over his first two months of Major League Baseball. He has 26 home runs, 44 extra-base hits, 61 RBI, 52 runs scored, and even stolen five bases.
Those would be strong numbers for an entire season for most rookies. They would make him a Rookie of the Year candidate almost any year. However, Bellinger has those numbers over just 72 games and 301 plate appearances.

ALL-STAR GAME AND HOME RUN DERBY

Bellinger was selected for the National League team in last week’s MLB All-Star Game. He even participated in the Home Run Derby, falling with no shame to eventual champion Aaron Judge in the semi-finals.
Throwing to Bellinger during that Home Run Derby was his own father. Clay Bellinger appeared in four seasons from 1999-2002 with the New York Yankees. The senior Bellinger was a part of two World Series championship teams in the Bronx.
Clay knew early on that Cody had a special talent for the game. “We knew right away he was going to be pretty good,” he was quoted by McCullough in another LA Times piece. Clay had coached Cody as a kid, including their team that reached the 2007 Little League World Series.
Special talent. That’s what Bellinger has brought to the LA lineup here in 2017. Thanks in no small part to his contributions, an already good Dodgers team has become a powerhouse. If he can continue to rake as he has, he’ll add a Fall Classic to his Midsummer Classic appearance.
Corey Seager won the NL Rookie of the Year Award last season, becoming the 17th Dodgers rookie to capture that honor. The list includes such legends as Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson and Mike Piazza.
Bellinger is sure to become the 18th winner this fall. He and Seager are just beginning what should be a dynamic 1-2 combination in the Dodgers lineup for years to come.

Dodgers Up Next on Hamels

Rumors have outfielder Joc Pederson on Phillies radar
The latest rumors have the Los Angeles Dodgers as the next team in pursuit of Phillies lefty ace Cole Hamels, with Phils management researching the top LA prospects in anticipation of upcoming trade negotiations. 
There are certainly a number of good reasons both clubs would pursue such a deal.
From the Phillies end, the same principles apply as in recent weeks with both the Cubs and Red Sox. A team flush with strong prospects that could offer the Phils a chance to add a trio of young pieces for their future.
From the Dodgers end, a slightly different dynamic than exists with the Cubbies and Bosox. Those are teams with significant shortcomings, one building with youth, the other working hard to rebound from a last-place finish.
But Los Angeles is a winner right now. The Dodgers won the NL West crown this past season. They have deep-pocketed, competitive ownership hungry to win a World Series in 2015.
The Dodgers lost shortstop Hanley Ramirez to free agency (to Boston), and that would appear to be their first order of business. But don’t forget, the Phillies have stated a desire to move their veterans. Would Jimmy Rollins accept a trade for a legitimate shot at another world championship?
Pairing Cole Hamels and Jimmy Rollins in a deal to the Dodgers would make Los Angeles the clear front-runners in the National League in 2015. Their rotation would feature a trio of aces, with Hamels joining 3-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw and former AL Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke, with Hyun-Jin Ryu and Dan Haren rounding out the rotation.
Dodgers fans are likely to balk at the price it would take to get Hamels, suggesting that the lefty is not in the class of Kershaw. That, of course, is not the point. The simple fact is that what Hamels is, is the best starting pitcher available to Los Angeles.
Neither Jon Lester or Max Scherzer is going to LA, and the other free agents are clearly not as good as the Phils ace. Hamels also is controlled at a reasonable price for his talent. The $23.5 million he will earn in each of the next 4 seasons is market value, and over the next few years is likely to become even more so.
Hamels is outstanding, having a career 3.27 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. Hamels is reliable, having made at least 30 starts in 7 straight seasons, besting the 200 innings mark in the last 5 consecutive seasons. He can dominate, having struck out over 1,700 hitters in just over 1,800 innings. He is a true ace.
For a team as flush with cash as the Dodgers, the contract is the easiest part of the price for them to handle. The tough part for LA and it’s fans? The real cost, which will be three strong prospects, perhaps the three best in the Dodgers system.
The Phillies have been reported to have demanded shortstop Corey Seager, outfielder Joc Pederson, and young lefty pitcher Julio Urias in exchange for Hamels alone in recent months. For me, that is the price that they need to stick with. And for me, it gets the Dodgers their pitcher in Hamels as well as the bonus of JRoll to play shortstop.
Jimmy Rollins not only would bring veteran, winning leadership and experience to the Dodgers locker room for the next couple of seasons, but also brings a still-high skills level to their lineup. He hit 17 homers and had 28 steals in 2014.
Rollins is also reliable, having just recorded his 4th straight season with more than 600 plate appearances, now having exceeded that mark in 13 of the last 14 years.
Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Becoming front-runners in the National League, vaulting themselves clearly ahead of not only the Washington Nationals and Saint Louis Cardinals, but also the defending World Series champion and arch-rival San Francisco Giants, the price of Pederson, Seager, and Urias is entirely reasonable.
It has been said that doing this kind of deal has to hurt for both teams. Trust me, losing a homegrown World Series MVP in Cole Hamels and the homegrown franchise all-time Hits leader and icon Jimmy Rollins will hurt the Phillies and their fans.
Before any Dodgers fans balk at such a price as their top 3 prospects, do yourselves a favor, and do a little research. Look back over the last decade or so at the top few prospects in each MLB team’s system. Then look at how many of those once-promising kids actually panned out into stars.
This is what it will take. It will not be easy for either side. But a trade of Cole Hamels and Jimmy Rollins from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Corey Seager, Joc Pederson, and Julio Urias is the right deal for these two teams. We’ll see if either GM has what it takes to get such a deal done.