Dodgers @ Phillies July 15, 2019: Kershaw vs. Eflin to open the series

The Dodgers ended up taking two-of-three from the World Champion Red Sox in Boston over the weekend, even if the rubber match took almost 6 hours. Now, they travel down the coast to take on the Phillies.

 
Dodgers
   
Phillies
 
4:05 p.m.
   
Philadelphia
LF
Pederson  
CF
Kingery
CF
Verdugo  
SS
Segura
3B
Turner  
RF
Harper
RF
Bellinger  
1B
Hoskins
1B
Muncy  
C
Realmuto
SS
Seager  
LF
Bruce
2B
Hernandez   3B Franco
C
Barnes  
2B
Hernandez
P
Kershaw (L)  
P
Eflin (R)

The Dodgers roll out a bit of a different lineup today. One of the weekend heroes in A.J. Pollock is getting the night off after starting three straight in Beantown. Chris Taylor is also absent not just because of the right-handed pitcher (all-time Dodger great Zach Eflin) on the mound, but because he got hit with a pitch on the wrist last night. He’s going to have an addition X-ray to see if an injured list stint is necessary. Despite that, the lineup is still long. I mean, when Corey Seager is hitting sixth, you know you have some big-league hitters in the lineup.

That’s right. The Dodgers DFA’d Zac Rosscup for a guy in Casey Sadler you’ve never heard of. He had a 6.00 ERA in 6 innings for the OKC Dodgers. He also struck out 9 in those six innings, but he’s not a big-time strikeout guy. I’m just wondering why a guy like Josh Sborz or Jaime Schultz weren’t called up first. Oh well.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.