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It’s the first time the two teams will meet this season

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The Los Angeles Dodgers close out their homestand with a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies. It’s also Alumni Weekend at Dodger Stadium, which includes an Alumni Game on Saturday prior to game two.

The Phillies (33-23) are first in the National League East division, holding a three game lead over the Atlanta Braves.

Philadelphia has a +33 run differential and 13-12 away record while LA has a +82 run differential and a 22-7 home record.

This three-game set will be the first time Bryce Harper visits Dodger Stadium in a Phillies uniform. In his career at Dodger Stadium, Harper has a slash line of .242/.307/.364. His 16 hits includes two home runs, which came in 2014 and 2016.

Game one: Kenta Maeda (6-2, 3.67 ERA) vs. Jake Arrieta (5-4, 3.60 ERA)

Friday, May 31 - 7:10 p.m. PDT

Kenta Maeda gets the series opener against the Phillies. He has allowed eight home runs this season with two coming from his last start in Pittsburgh. This season, he’s been a bit inconsistent, going back-and-forth with good and bad starts. In five out of his ten starts, he’s allowed one or fewer runs to score, whereas the other half has seen him earn three or more.

In his career against the Phillies, Maeda has a 3-1 record with a 4.55 ERA in six starts. He is looking to get his first win over Philadelphia since 2017.

The Phillies are sending out Jake Arrieta to face Maeda. The 33-year-old is coming off of a great start against the Milwaukee Brewers, tossing eight innings and only allowing two runs to score from five hits and a walk. In his career at Dodger Stadium, Arrieta is 2-2 in as many games, boasting a 2.67 ERA.

Game two: Clayton Kershaw (5-0, 3.46 ERA) vs. Zach Eflin (5-5, 3.02 ERA)

Saturday, June 1 - 7:10 p.m. PDT

The Dodgers have won 16 straight regular season games in which Clayton Kershaw was the starting pitcher, dating back to Aug. 16, 2018. In this streak, Clayton Kershaw has a 9-0 record. Against the Phillies, however, Kershaw does not have a winning record. In his career, Kershaw is 3-5 against the Phillies with a 3.07 ERA.

Opposite of Clayton Kershaw is right-handed pitcher Zach Eflin. Eflin, 25, earned his fifth loss in his last outing. He only pitched 3 23 innings before being replaced. In this outing, he allowed three earned runs, including two solo homers. In Eflin’s career against the Dodgers, he is 0-2 in four starts with a 9.18 ERA.

Game three: Rich Hill (1-1, 2.73 ERA) vs. Nick Pivetta (3-1, 7.71 ERA)

Sunday, June 2 - 1:10 p.m. PDT

Rich Hill will get the start to close out the series with the Phillies. Hill had a great appearance in his last start against the Mets, but the strong outing wasn’t supported by the Dodgers bullpen or offense. In the start, he allowed just two earned runs in six innings pitched. Hill hasn’t allowed more than two runs to score in each of his last three starts, boasting an ERA of 1.50.

On the other side of Hill will be Nick Pivetta. Pivetta, who made his major league debut against the Dodgers in 2017, has a 1-1 record when facing Los Angeles. Pivetta has seen a lot of struggles this season, even seeing him being optioned early in the season (our friends at The Good Phight have more on this). In all five of his starts, he has allowed at least three runs to score and has earned as many as seven. He still hasn’t gone for more than five innings in an appearance this season. He earned a win in his last outing against the Cardinals, earning him another opportunity to start.

Poll

How many games will the Dodges win against the Phillies?

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  • 31%
    3
    (63 votes)
  • 58%
    2
    (116 votes)
  • 5%
    1
    (11 votes)
  • 3%
    0
    (7 votes)
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If you are part of the 52% voted for the Dodgers to win three games against the Mets in the last series preview, congratulations!