Full Season Blues: Phillies vs Dodgers Series Preview

This preview is going to talk about the fact that the Los Angeles Dodgers haven’t won a World Series in a full 162-game season since 1988, a span of 31 seasons. If this fact bothers you, then I suggest you stop reading right away. (Am I saying this because Dodgers fans have shown a tendency to be easily triggered by such talk? Yes, I am.)

After a successful series in Seattle, the Phillies stay west (but much further south) to face the Dodgers. The Dodgers have been very good in the regular season over the past few years. They seem to be still very good this season. But that doesn’t mean we should concede the series. After all, the Dodgers just lost a series against a much inferior opponent, and the player who is apparently the Phillies’ offensive kingpin has started to warm up.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Record: 20-9 (First place in the National League West)

The last time they met

The Dodgers came to Philadelphia for a three-game series last August and won the first two games. The Phillies won the final with a scoreless 4.2 innings from the bullpen and a Bryce Harper home run.

What’s wrong with the Dodgers?

The Dodgers got off to a good start as usual. They have the best record in the National League, but winning in the regular season has never been the Dodgers’ problem.

It should be noted that winning in the regular season was a problem when they faced the Pittsburgh Pirates this week. The Dodgers lost two of three to the Pirates 13-17.

Who’s cold?

Justin Turner has played in two All-Star Games in his career, including last year. But it doesn’t look like he’s going to make a return trip this season. He’s batting .200 this season, and after hitting 27 home runs in 2021, he’s only hit one in 2021.

About that World Series thing

The MLB record books say the Dodgers were the 2020 World Series champions. If Dodgers fans want to celebrate that accomplishment, good for them. If the Phillies had won the 2020 World Series, I’d probably be wearing all kinds of championship merchandise right now.

But as we know, the 2020 season has not been normal. Instead of going through a 162 grind, teams only had to play 60 regular season games and then the playoff field was all wacky because they were letting in a lot more teams than they were letting in. normally do. Is it the same as winning the World Series in a regular year?

The Dodgers could have ended any “fluke” championship talk by winning any other season besides 2020. For example, in 2021 they made the playoffs as a Wild Card team before retire in the NLCS against the Atlanta Braves. The brave ! A team that had probably been even worse than the Dodgers when it came to losing in the playoffs.

Every year the Dodgers throw a lot of money at this problem, and every year they still fail. Mookie Betts didn’t fix the issue, and the trade for Trea Turner and Max Scherzer didn’t result in a ring either. I guess the current hope is that Freddie Freeman will be the missing piece?

On the rise?

The Phillies won a series for only the third time this season when they took two of three from the Mariners (and if it hadn’t been for bad luck, they could have swept). Can the Phillies maintain this success against the team with the best record in the NL?

Momentum in baseball is notoriously finicky, and a hot streak can quickly come to an end against a good opposing pitching staff. Unfortunately, the Dodgers have a very good pitching staff. The Phillies are scheduled to face the following starters over the next four days: Tyler Anderson (current ERA of 2.78), Clayton Kershaw (1.80), Walker Buehler (1.96) and Julio Urias (2.10). I’m not going to lie to you: it’s been a tough week of clashes.

On the bright side, Rhys Hoskins seems to be on one of his hot streaks. In the past, when Hoskins gets hot, it doesn’t matter who he faces. Basically, those hot streaks gave the Phillies offense a huge boost. Considering the Phillies have spent a lot of money bringing in guys like Byrce Harper, Kyle Schwarber and Nick Castellanos, the offense shouldn’t depend on Hoskins, but it is.

Anecdotes

Answer from the last series: The two future Phillies to play against the Phillies for the Mariners were Jean Segura and Nick Vincent. Segura was easy, but no one was able to name the immortal Vincent.

The question of this series: Since the start of the 2012 season, which Phillie has accumulated the most hits at Dodger Stadium?

Thought no phillies

Joel Embiid is undeniably a great player and should have been the NBA MVP. But it seems like every playoff he’s played in, there’s been at least one game where he looks miserable, plays poorly, and as a result, the team sleepwalks through a brutal loss.

Maybe he was pouting for not winning the MVP title, or maybe all the injuries he suffered were too many, but Tuesday’s loss was ugly. And if you want to blame injuries, the sad truth is that Embiid is injured every year in the playoffs.

The Sixers changed coaches, got a new secondary star and handed over nearly every supporting cast. While I fully recognize that building this supporting cast has been an imperfect process, Embiid as the showpiece has been the constant in all failures to qualify for the Conference Finals.

Keep in mind that this is not a call to get rid of Embiid. Getting rid of a top five player isn’t usually a path to NBA success. But if they lose again in the second round, you have to wonder if a team led by Embiid simply has a cap.

Final Thought

With the Sixers’ season in danger of ending this week, the Phillies could do a lot to get the city’s attention by winning a series against the Dodgers. Los Angeles hasn’t proven to be very hospitable to the Phillies in recent years (6-15 at Dodger Stadium since 2015), but perhaps a streak against a great pitching staff will cause the Phillies offense to step up. things and start producing races like we planned at the start of the season.

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