The LA Dodgers got back
and Andre Ethier
for their second-half playoff run last
week, and with their return LA was very popular among
those handing out free MLB picks during its weekend series vs. San
. But even though Kemp and Ethier batted .500 on
the weekend, LA managed to lose two of three games to the Padres, and
gave up first place in the NL West in the process.
The Dodgers won Friday
night's series opener 2-1, with Clayton Kershaw picking up the
victory. But Saturday LA blew a game in a manner rarely seen, when
closer Kenley Jansen, with two outs and two strikes in the top of the
ninth, fell asleep, allowed a Padre runner to steal home, then threw
the ball away, allowing the winning run to score in a 7-6
Then Sunday the Dodgers
gave up three runs in the seventh, one in the eighth and two in the
ninth to lose 7-2.
Kemp, who didn't play
Sunday, and Ethier combined to go 10-for-20 on the weekend with five
RBI, but LA still only scored a total of 10 runs for the series.
So the Dodgers begin this
week at 48-42 and a game and a half back of first-place San Francisco
in the NL West. LA is also two games behind the Braves and Pirates in
the NL Wild-Card race.
The Dodgers now host the
Philadelphia Phillies for a three-game series starting Monday night.
Los Angeles will throw Nathan Eovaldi (1-5, 4.21) Monday and Kershaw
(7-5, 2.84) Wednesday, but hasn't announced a starter for Tuesday.
Philly will go with Joe Blanton (7-8, 4.98), Roy Halladay (4-5, 3.98)
and Cliff Lee (1-6, 3.92).
The Dodgers are 12-7 in
games Kershaw has started this year, but 1-7 in games Eovaldi has
started, although that's not all his fault.
The Phillies, meanwhile,
are 9-8 in Blanton's starts this year, but just 4-7 in Halladay's and
a dismal 4-11 in Lee's starts.
As of Monday morning
Bovada is listing the Dodgers as -120 favorites to win the series
with the Phillies.