Los Angeles Dodgers (22-11) at Philadelphia Phillies (15-14)
Clayton Kershaw (1-2, 4.91 ERA) vs. Chan Ho Park (0-1, 6.67 ERA)
Time: 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Weather: Mostly sunny, 65
TV: MyPhl 17
Twitter: Phillies Nation
Bring on them Dodgers! It’s a rematch of the National League Championship Series, as the Los Angeles nine head into Philadelphia to take on the Phils.
This version of the Dodgers is a slight different, thanks to the 50-game suspension of Manny Ramirez for breaking Major League Baseball’s drug policy. Instead, they’ll have Juan Pierre in the outfield, and already he’s tearing the cover off the ball as a starter. He’s hitting .426 with three steals and nine runs scored. Yes, with about a third of the at bats, Juan Pierre is completely outplaying Jimmy Rollins.
The Dodgers will pitch Clayton Kershaw, who threw just two innings against the Phillies in last season’s LCS. The Phils will counter with Chan Ho Park, who has barely threw against the current Dodgers. Of course, he spent the beginning of his American career with Los Angeles.
By the way, those records are correct: Only early in a season will you find a team opposing another that’s seven ahead in the win column but three ahead in the loss column. Odd.
Your gamenight beer: It’s been a long trail so far for the Phillies. You know where I’m going with this: Long Trail Ale. This Vermont ale is easy to find here in the Northeast. It’s a simple ale, nothing too distinguishable about it. It’s light but has a weirdly bold taste. A tad bitter, but mainly drinkable for a few. I could eat some ravioli with this.