Philadelphia Phillies vs Los Angeles Dodgers Picks and Predictions July 10th 2024

Philadelphia Phillies vs LA Dodgers Dodgers MLB Wed, Jul 10, 19:05 pm.
Philadelphia Phillies
ML: -135
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LA Dodgers Dodgers
ML: 115
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The Philadelphia Phillies received a significant boost from the return of Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwarber, which propelled them to a dominant 10-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. With the series continuing, the Phillies aim to replicate their offensive prowess and continue their winning streak.

Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwarber’s Impact

Return from Injuries

Bryce Harper, recovering from a strained left hamstring, and Kyle Schwarber, returning from a strained left groin, were activated off the injured list just before the series opener. While Harper went 0-for-4, Schwarber made an immediate impact with a two-run single and a walk.

Harper’s Cautious Optimism

Despite being eager to contribute, Harper emphasized the need for a cautious approach to ensure his long-term health. “Obviously, you guys know the type of player that I am and how I go about it,” Harper said. “But obviously, for the long haul, I need to play smart this week.”

Offensive Explosion

Trea Turner’s Grand Slam

Trea Turner led the Phillies’ offensive onslaught with a grand slam, showcasing the depth and power of the lineup. His performance was instrumental in the Phillies’ decisive win.

Contributions from the Lineup

Brandon Marsh added a solo home run among his two hits, Bryson Stott also homered, and Rafael Marchan contributed three hits and an RBI. Johan Rojas logged two hits and an RBI before being hit by a pitch, causing a potential injury scare.

Manager’s Take

Manager Rob Thomson remained optimistic about Rojas’ condition, stating, “The hand is fine.” This reassurance helps maintain team morale and focus as they continue the series.

Pitching Strategy

Cristopher Sanchez on the Mound

Cristopher Sanchez, who will start for the Phillies, has had a mixed recent performance. In his latest start against the Chicago Cubs, he allowed seven hits and seven runs in four-plus innings. However, his previous three-start stretch showed promise with a 3-0 record and a 0.39 ERA. Facing the Dodgers for the first time will be a test of his adaptability and skill.

Dodgers’ Struggles

Offensive Woes

The Dodgers managed only one run, courtesy of Cavan Biggio’s first homer for his new team. The team went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base, highlighting their current offensive struggles.

Pitching Challenges

With the pitching staff plagued by injuries, position player Enrique Hernandez pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, retiring all four batters he faced. This unconventional move underscores the Dodgers’ desperation due to their depleted bullpen.

Injury Report

Before the game, the Dodgers recalled right-hander Michael Petersen from Triple-A Oklahoma City and placed right-hander Tyler Glasnow on the injured list due to lower back tightness. Glasnow, leading the National League with 143 strikeouts, was recently selected as an All-Star, making his absence particularly significant.

Gavin Stone’s Role

Gavin Stone, with a 9-2 record and a 3.03 ERA, will start for the Dodgers. In his latest start against the Arizona Diamondbacks, he gave up four runs on seven hits in three innings. Stone’s command was off, resulting in three walks and three strikeouts. His ability to recover and deliver a strong performance will be crucial for the Dodgers.

Conclusion

The Phillies, rejuvenated by the return of Harper and Schwarber, displayed a powerful offensive performance against the Dodgers. As the series continues, maintaining this momentum will be key. For the Dodgers, overcoming injuries and improving offensive execution are essential to bounce back. The upcoming games will test both teams’ depth, resilience, and ability to adapt under pressure.

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Philadelphia Phillies
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-135
O 9
-115
LA Dodgers Dodgers
+1.5
-185
115
U 9
-105
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