The Dodgers are coming off a weekend series at Coors Field in which they scored a total of 11 runs — and keep in mind that going into that series, the Rockies had given up five runs or more in 11 of their previous 14 games, including six straight games where they surrendered 40 runs. Take away Saturday’s 6-2 win in Colorado and the Dodgers are 0-6 since last Monday, crossing home plate a total of 13 times. The problem with L.A.’s offense? Four Opening Day starters (including Matt Kemp) are on the disabled list, having been replaced by such names as Elian Herrera, Adam Kennedy, Alex Castellanos, Jerry Hairston Jr., Tony Gwynn Jr., Ivan DeJesus and Scott Van Slyke. Not exactly the ’27 Yankees.
The Phillies’ lineup is also missing a couple of big sticks (Ryan Howard and Chase Utley), leaving manager Charlie Manuel to fill out a lineup card that includes the likes of Hector Luna, Ty Wigginton, John Mayberry and Freddy Galvis. Now take a gander at tonight’s starting pitchers: L.A.’s Clayton Kershaw (4-3, 2.42 ERA in
11 starts, including a 1.92 ERA in seven night games) vs. Philly’s Vance Worley (3-2, 3.07 ERA in seven starts, including a 1.73 ERA in four night games).
Last year, these teams met three times in Philadelphia’s bandbox of a ballpark, and the final scores were 2-0, 6-2 and 3-1—and Kemp and Howard played in all three, while Utley played in two.
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Friday’s Result: Kings (-110) vs. Devils (Win)