The Los Angeles Dodgers are in the City of Brotherly Love tonight as they kick start a three game set with the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Tonight's game, which features southpaw hurlers Ted Lilly and Cliff Lee, is scheduled to get underway at 7:05p.m. ET on ESPN. Sports Betting Odds have Philadelphia listed as a heavy -190 moneyline favorite; the game total is set at 7.5 with both the Over and Under drawing -110 odds.
The Dodgers, at 28-32, come into tonight's series opener four games under the break even point; however, they have played good baseball of late. Los Angeles has won its last three series, beating the Marlins, Rockies, and Reds, while going 6-3 in its last nine games.
The Dodgers won their second straight game yesterday with a 9-6 victory over the Reds in a series rubber match at Great American Ball Park. Don Mattingly's squad chased Cincinnati starter Travis Wood early as they pounded out eight hits and eight earned runs off the young lefty in 4 2/3 innings. Los Angeles finshed the game with 13 hits in 39 at bats for a .333 team batting average.
Philadelphia snapped a three game skid yesterday and avoided a sweep at the hands of in-state rival Pittsburgh with a 7-3 victory. Roy Halladay held the surprising Pirates to six hits and two earned runs over seven innings while the Phillies' offense produced 14 hits and seven walks.
The win improved Philadelphia's record to a National League best 35-24 and gave the Phillies at three game lead over Florida in the NL East standings.
Cliff Lee will look to keep the momentum from Sunday's win intact as he makes his 13th start of the season this evening. Lee, who is 4-5 with a 3.94 ERA, has struggled his last two outings, allowing 17 hits and 10 earned runs in 13.1 innings of work, but a bounce back performance may be in order considering his brief history against Los Angeles.
Lee last faced the Dodgers in the 2009 playoffs when he held them to three hits and zero earned runs while striking out 10 (eight innings) in an 11-0 Philly win.
Ted Lilly will attempt to reverse his luck against Philadelphia when he steps onto the mound at Citizens Bank Park tonight. The 12 year veteran is a miserable 1-4 with a 5.91 ERA in six starts opposite the Phillies. His latest appearance against Charlie Manuel's club did go well, though, as he allowed just four hits and three earned runs over seven innings in a 4-3 L.A. win (July 2010).
Philadelphia has won seven of the last nine in this series (average margin of victory 4.1 runs per game), including five of the last six at Citizens Bank Park.
Dodgers vs Phillies MLB Odds June 6, 2011:
Los Angeles Dodgers +1.5 (-145), Over 7.5 (-110), +160 (Moneyline)
Philadelphia Phillies -1.5 (+125), Under 7.5 (-110), -190 (Moneyline)