Philadelphia Phillies (41-51) at Los Angeles Dodgers (48-44)
Cliff Lee (1-6, 3.92) vs. Clayton Kershaw (7-5, 2.84)
The Phillies are going for the sweep this afternoon. It’s been awhile since they’ve whipped out the old broomsticks.
Clayton Kershaw continues to be one of the best young pitchers in the National League. As of Tuesday, Kershaw is tied for second in the National League in innings pitched. He is fourth in strikeouts.
The Phillies have seen Kershaw on several occasions. In seven starts against Philadelphia, the lefty is 0-4 with a 4.95 ERA. While Kershaw has struggled against the Phillies throughout his career, Lee has had success against the Dodgers, posting a 0.90 ERA in 30 innings against the Dodgers.
Lee is coming off a quality start against the Rockies, but he still received the loss. Lee’s 1-6 record doesn’t reflect his performance, although he has had several shaky outings.
On paper, Lee versus Kershaw should be a pitcher’s duel, but it could have the making of a high scoring game. The Phillies have smacked Kershaw around in the past, and Lee has struggled at times this year. However, if Lee and Kershaw pitch to their capabilities, a low scoring game is extremely likely.
Lineup: Rollins SS, Victorino CF, Utley 2B, Ruiz C, Pence RF, Wigginton 1B, Polanco 3B, Mayberry LF, Lee P.
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