Phillies Preview: Kyle Gibson on the bump in game 2 vs the Los Angeles Dodgers
The Phillies collected a nail-biting win out in Los Angeles last night after a collapse struck the bullpen in the 8th inning.
After holding a 7-1 lead, the Dodgers put up 6 total runs in the 6th and 8th innings to tie the game heading into the final frame. The Phillies scored two in the 9th, and although Corey Knebel wanted to make it interesting by loading the bases, he worked himself out of a jam to secure a 9-7 win for the Fightins.
The bats were going for both teams last night. 24 hits were recorded in Thursday night’s thriller, including two each from Bryce Harper, Jean Segura, and JT Realmuto. Johan Camargo and Bryce Harper homered, and Zack Wheeler got the job done on the bump, throwing five and a third.
Although the news about Bryce Harper’s UCL tear isn’t ideal, it still isn’t affecting his bat. Harper is slashing .435/.462/.826 over the last 7 days, with 10 hits, three doubles, two home runs, and five RBIs in 23 at-bats, tallying a 1.288 OPS. It’s remarkable watching Bryce hit the baseball, and thank god for the universal DH.
The team now turns their attention to tonight. Clayton Kershaw, who was supposed to match up with Gibson tonight, is now headed to the IL with right SI joint inflammation in his lower back. Walker Buehler will now go up against Kyle Gibson.
FOX Bet Odds Boosts
- Kyle Gibson 5+ Ks and Phillies Win +400
- Mookie Betts 2+ Hits and Rhys Hoskins 1+ Hit +450
- Will Smith and Bryce Harper 1+ RBI Each +700
- Trae Turner 3+ Hits +1100
I’m absolutely petrified to bet on Gibson strikeouts again, because it hasn’t worked out too well for me in his most recent starts. I’m all over the Betts 2+ and Hoskins 1+ hit tonight at +450.
Tonight’s Pitching Matchup
Phillies: Kyle Gibson takes the hill for the Phillies tonight, making his seventh start of the year. In those games, Gibby has tallied 33.2 total innings, allowing just 24 hits and 11 earned runs, all while striking out 29 batters. His ERA on the road has struggled this year, currently sitting at a 4.20, compared to a 1.93 at home.
Dodgers: Walker Buehler gets the ball for the Dodgers tonight, making his start a day early in replace of the injured Clayton Kershaw. Buehler has been dominant to start the season, holding a 2.87 ERA at home, and a 1.96 total on the year. He’s tied for the most wins in baseball with 4, and has struck out 32 total batters, along with holding a 1.06 WHIP.
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Game 2 Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook
|Philadelphia Phillies||+1.5 (-102)||+190||O8.5 (-106)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||-1.5 (-118)||-230||U8.5 (-114)|
I’m buying back into the Phillies again, what a surprise. They NEVER win that game last night in a million years. Something is clicking, and I’m feeling like the bats continue to stay hot tonight. Phillies win 6-4.
Mandatory Credit: Phillies