The Phillies hand the ball to staff ace Brett Myers in hopes of splitting their road series with Los Angeles. Myers will be looking for his 10th-consecutive quality start.
It's hard to believe, considering how the starting rotation has deteriorated, that if the Phillies win this afternoon, and the Mets lose their game to the Giants, the Phillies will be just 4.5 games back of the NL East lead.
Myers (4-2, 2.80 ERA) has the 9th-best ERA in the National League, and sixth best on the road (2.67 ERA). He has not allowed more than 3 ER in 14 starts dating back to last year. Last time out, he lasted 8 innings against Washington, including a stretch when he retired 13 in a row.
He'll be opposed by Aaron Sele (3-0, 2.20 ERA) and a young Dodgers team that has been impressive this series. The Dodgers are 32-24 on the year and 1 1-2 games back of the Diamondbacks in the NL West.
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The Phillies’ bullpen has allowed only 3 earned runs in their last 25.2 innings (1.05 ERA). They have a 3.29 ERA, 2nd-best in the National League and 3rd-best among all major leagues bullpens. Only the Cardinals (2.98) and the Tigers (3.19) have lower bullpen ERA’s.