The Los Angeles Dodgers have looked like the best team in the National League all season, and can add more ammunition to that premise when they face off with the Philadelphia Phillies in a key weekend series. Los Angeles is way ahead of the pack in the National League West while Philly finds itself on top of the N.L. East, so this should be a fun matchup to watch.
The Dodgers have it going both at the plate and on the mound and will be confident it can win this Saturday matchup with their ace heading to the mound. Los Angeles has flexed its muscle all season long and can make another statement with a win over a fellow National league contender. The Phillies are talented but will be the clear underdogs in this matchup in MLB betting lines.
This MLB game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers will be held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California at 10:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 1st, 2019.
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The Phillies have a record of 32-22 on the year, which is a couple of games ahead of the Atlanta Braves for first place in the National League East. Philadelphia has been hot of late with seven wins in its past 10 games. The Phillies are a game over .500 on the road this year but will have their work cut out for them in this one.
The Dodgers have a mark of 36-19 on the season, which is easily the best in the National League. Los Angeles has a plus-79 run-differential and has few holes on the roster. The Dodgers are 20-7 at home on the year in MLB wagering.
The Phillies are scheduled to send right-hander Zach Eflin to the mound. He is 5-5 on the season with a 3.02 ERA. Eflin is not a huge strikeout guy but has good control and has done a nice job of limiting the damage this season. He has a career ERA of 4.68 and his peripheral numbers are not particularly impressive, so there could be some concern that regression is coming.
The Dodgers will counter with star left-hander Clayton Kershaw. He started the season on the injured list and is now preparing for his ninth start. Kershaw is 5-0 with a 3.46 ERA on the year. He gave up 10 hits and three runs in six innings pitched last time out and will aim to get back on track in this one. Kershaw is not striking out opponents at an elite rate quite yet and the Phillies hope to take advantage by scratching a few runs across against him.
Player To Watch
Cody Bellinger -- The best player in the National League will be participating in this game, but it’s not Kershaw or Phillies star outfielder Bryce Harper. Bellinger has been unbelievable all season long. He is batting .382 on the year with a .469 on-base percentage and an OPS of 1.239. Bellinger has 20 homers and 51 RBIs on the young season and is the clear front-runner for MVP.
Bellinger has already amassed 5.4 WAR, proving he is valuable not only at the plate but also in the field. The Phillies will need to keep him in check in this one, but no one else in the major leagues has been able to thus far in 2019.
Free MLB ATS Picks
The Phillies are a good team but are running into a juggernaut. With a great offense, a dominant pitcher and the home field advantage, the Dodgers should have no issue cruising to the win in this game. Los Angeles is a good pick to win by more than one run in this affair in MLB odds.
MLB Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers 6, Philadelphia Phillies 3
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