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Phillies Get Star Reinforcements Ahead of Series With Dodgers

After the Los Angeles Dodgers took two of three games against the National League Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers, things aren’t getting any easier this week. Tuesday marks the opener of a three-game series against the NL and MLB-leading Philadelphia Phillies.

Philadelphia holds a record of 58-32 on the season and they have been especially good at home. The Phillies are 33-14 at Citizens Bank Park.

As the team gets ready for the big matchup with Los Angeles, Philadelphia is getting some needed reinforcements. Slugger Kyle Schwarber and star first baseman Bryce Harper were activated from the injured list in advance of Tuesday’s game.

Schwarber has been out since June 27 with a groin injury. He has hit .250 with 17 home runs and 49 runs batted in this season. The leading vote-getter for the National League All-Star team, Harper has also been out since June 27 and is hitting .303 with 20 home runs and 58 runs batted in.

The Phillies would have already been a tough test for the Dodgers without the two players. Adding them into the lineup makes things even harder for Bobby Miller, who starts Tuesday’s series opener. The Dodgers’ pitching staff is going to have their work cut out for them in this series, particularly with Tyler Glasnow landing on the injured list.

The Dodgers have shown the ability to score runs at a premium, making this the biggest series to watch over the next few days in baseball. Shohei Ohtani, Freddie Freeman, and Will Smith headline the star power for the Dodgers heading into this matchup. Los Angeles holds a record of 55-36 on the season, setting up a showdown between the two best teams in the NL.

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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Matt Levine

Matt earned a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Louisiana State University in 2021. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, growing up a huge fan of the Dodgers and Lakers. Matt Kemp was his favorite Dodgers player growing up.

One Comment

  1. The Dodgers got some big holes in their lineup, their starting and bullpen pitching, and…and what else is there. Oh, and their managerial capability. roberts may be encouraging and a cheerleader, but his strategic skills are still suspect as he doesn’t seem to have learned lessons from past mistakes. I don’t see the Dodgers record to this point as an indication for their future success come playoff time. They better get busy with the trade deadline approaching if they want any chance of a playoff run, because I don’t see this present collection getting it done! I’d be surprised if it did.

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