Dodgers @ Phillies July 18, 2019: LA going for should-be sweep

The Dodgers took the third game of this 4-game series last night after a, as Chad said, 157-minute rain delay. They should be 3-for-3 against Philly, but Tuesday’s 9th-inning meltdown prevented that. Now, the Dodgers turn to Ross Stripling to take on the Phillies’ ace Aaron Nola.

 
Dodgers
   
Phillies
 
9:35 a.m.
   
Philadelphia
LF
Pederson  
CF
Kingery
CF
Verdugo  
SS
Segura
3B
Turner  
RF
Harper
RF
Bellinger  
1B
Hoskins
2B
Muncy  
C
Realmuto
1B
Beaty  
2B
Hernandez
SS
Hernandez   3B Franco
C
Barnes  
LF
Haseley
P
Stripling (R)  
P
Nola (R)

Corey Seager is getting the day off. He’s hitting just .182/.308/.227 in 26 plate appearances since coming off the injured list. He’ll get it going again, just as he did just before getting hurt. Enrique Hernandez slides over to shortstop, Max Muncy moves to second base and Matt Beaty — Tuesday’s almost-hero — gets the start at first base.

The Phillies are running out nearly the same lineup they did in Game 1 of the series, with Adam Haseley in for the injured Jay Bruce.

Back to Nola for a moment. He’s one of the best, young pitchers in the game, but he got off to a bit of a slow start in 2019. Through June 15 (arbitrary end dates alert), he had a 4.89 ERA, an .800 OPS against and just a 15.04 K-BB%. Since then, he has looked every bit like the young ace he is. He has a 0.76 ERA, .466 OPS against and a 22.14 K-BB%. He’s averaging more than seven innings per start, so the Dodgers will have some work to do against the locked-in Nola.

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This isn’t surprising, as the Dodgers needed seven innings from the bullpen to get through last night’s game. Since going back to Triple-A at the end of June, Caleb Ferguson hasn’t allowed a run in 6 1/3 innings. He has also struck out nine against just three walks. Hopefully he’s back and has figured out whatever was causing him to pitch poorly earlier this season.

Will Smith was hit by a pitch while catching last night and came out of the game after “airmailing” a couple of warm-up throws. Worst-case scenario is everyone’s first thought, but it seems like his hand/wrist is OK. Big sigh of relief here. Now, when does he get to LA (for good)?

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Finally, today’s game is exclusively on YouTube. Orel Hershiser is doing color commentary. It’s the first-ever game on the platform. Cool.

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.