National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, August 16th
(All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Dodgers (70-50) at Philadelphia Phillies (53-67), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Los Angeles - Zack Greinke (10-3, 3.21)
Philadelphia - Cliff Lee (10-5, 3.18)
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Dodgers will take their show to the road
when they open a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies Friday at
Citizens Bank Park.
Los Angeles will also visit the Miami Marlins on its east coast journey and is
riding an eight-game winning streak. The NL West-leading Dodgers are a
sizzling 40-8 since late June, the best mark over that stretch since the 1942
Cardinals went 41-7 from Aug. 11-Oct. 1.
The Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the New York Mets with Wednesday's
5-4 win in 12 innings, as Adrian Gonzalez drove in Yasiel Puig with the game-
winning run. Puig hustled for a double to get the rally started for Los
Angeles, which is 12-0-4 in the last 16 series.
Andre Ethier belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to send the
game into extra innings.
"It was a fastball away and I got it all," Ethier said of his homer. "It's
nice to be part of something we've got going here."
Paco Rodriguez pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief to earn the victory for the
Dodgers, while starter Chris Capuano allowed four runs and 10 hits in five
L.A. is 23-3 since the All-Star break, 20 games above .500 and has won 12
straight one-run games.
At the other end of the spectrum is Philadelphia, which has dropped five of
six and on Friday made a managerial change, as it replaced longtime skipper
Charlie Manuel with Ryne Sandberg in an interim capacity.
Manuel has been at the helm since 2005 and has been the most successful
manager in Phillies history with a record of 780-636 in his nine-year tenure.
He guided the franchise to five straight division titles from 2007 through
2011, as well as the club's second World Series championship after the 2008
However, the Phillies are just 53-67 heading into Friday's game against the
Los Angeles Dodgers and sit in fourth place of the National League East. They
are headed for their first losing season since the 2002 team was 80-81. Last
year's team finished 81-81.
It likely won't get any easier on Friday, as they face righty Zack Greinke.
Greinke is 10-3 with a 3.21 earned run average in 19 starts and threw 6 1/3
shutout innings Saturday against Tampa Bay. He has won back-to-back outings
and owns a 2-1 record to go along with a 3.27 ERA in four career games (3
starts) against the Phillies.
Cliff Lee gets the call for the Phils Friday and he is 0-3 in his last four
starts - all Philadelphia losses. Lee did not factor in the outcome of an 8-5
loss at Washington on Saturday and was reached for three runs in six innings.
The usually dominant Lee is now 10-5 with a 3.18 ERA in 22 starts overall and
sports a 2-1 mark with a 1.40 ERA in six lifetime matchups with the Dodgers.
The Phillies lost three of four games at Dodger Stadium from June 27-30.
08/16 14:45:48 ET