The Dodgers are in Philadelphia for a three-game series against the Phillies, beginning Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. Here is a Baker Bowl's dozen or so thoughts heading into the opener.
1: Stolen bases in the last nine games for Dee Gordon, who had a day off on Thursday. The Phillies have allowed 32 steals in 2014, tied for eighth-most in the majors. A.J. Burnett, starting Sunday, has allowed 10 of those including two to Gordon on April 22, while Friday starter Roberto Hernandez has allowed five steals in six attempts.
2: Starts for Andre Ethier in the last eight games, tied for fewest among the outfielders with Scott Van Slyke during that span. Ethier has played in three of the six games he didn't start, going 3-for-11 (.273) with a double and a walk in his last five games. He is 1-for-2 against Hernandez in his career.
3: Licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. Also the length of the longest winning and losing streaks by the stuck-in-neutral Dodgers in 2014.
4: The longest stretch of plate appearances without reaching base this year for Chone Figgins, who has a .452 on-base percentage. The drought for Figgins came with strikeouts on April 13 and April 15, a groundout on April 18, and a lineout on May 2, with a brief sojourn to Triple-A Albuquerque in between.
5: Starts for Clayton Kershaw at Citizens Bank Park, where he is 1-2 with a 4.40 ERA, though 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in his last three starts in Philadelphia, dating back to 2010. His win came in 2013 with eight scoreless innings; Kershaw has lasted longer with each successive start in Philadelphia: 4, 5, 6⅔, 7 and 8 innings.
6: Consecutive games with exactly one hit for Hanley Ramirez, tied with Adrian Gonzalez (from April 2-9) for the longest streak by a Dodger this season. Ramirez is 6-for-24 during the streak with two home runs, a double and four walks, hitting .250/.357/.542. Since the franchise moved to Los Angeles in 1958, the longest streak of games with exactly one hit was 13, by Willy Aybar in 2006.
7: Wins by the Dodgers in their last nine games in Philadelphia, dating back to 2011, allowing more than three runs in a game just once during that span.
8: Starts at third base for Justin Turner, who hit his first home run of the season on Thursday and in his last 14 games is hitting .323/.371/.484.
9: Road games in which the Dodgers have scored at least seven runs this season, compared to two at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers are averaging 4.77 runs per game on the road this season, second in the National League to the Mets.
10: Total bases in the last three games by Yasiel Puig, including an extra-base hit in each game this season, starting a new streak one game after having his club-record streak of eight straight games with an extra-base hit and an RBI snapped. Puig, aka "Swaggy P"
MT @ChuckBausmanDN Great story from @jakemkaplan in Friday's Daily News on Yasiel Puig, who faces Phillies Friday. pic.twitter.com/oruBuKB5sQ— Ryan Lawrence (@ryanlawrence21) May 23, 2014
11: Games with two or more errors by the Dodgers this season, including Thursday night in New York. The Dodgers are 3-8 in those games.
12: Home losses in 20 games for the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, where the Phillies have averaged just 3.6 runs per game, the second-worst home offense in the NL, again to the Mets.
2,218: Hits for shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who passed Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn on Thursday night for second place on the Phillies all-time franchise list. Rollins is 16 hits shy of another Cooperstown inductee, Mike Schmidt, for the most hits in Phillies history.
Time: 4:05 p.m. PT
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