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Harper Is Kicking into High Gear for Phillies

Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies bats in the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on May 25, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Philadelphia Phillies slugger Bryce Harper has 11 extra-base hits and 16 RBIs over his last 13 games and will be looking to carry that momentum into a weekend showdown with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Sportsbooks opened the Dodgers as -160 home favorites for Friday’s game with a total of 8.5.

Phillies vs Dodgers Game Center

Standout Stats

  • The Phillies have won nine of their last 13 games to move three games above the Atlanta Braves in the National League East. Philadelphia has won or split nine of its last 10 series (7-1-2).
  • The Dodgers lead baseball in victories (38) and the National League in runs scored (308). L.A. improved to 3-1 SU on its seven-game homestand with Thursday’s 2-0 victory over the New York Mets.
  • Jake Arrieta is set to get the ball for the Phils. Arrieta (5-4, 3.60 ERA) recorded his first win since April 27 against Milwaukee last Saturday, allowing two runs with eight strikeouts and one walk over eight innings.
  • Arrieta is 3-3 SU with a 3.07 ERA in seven career starts vs the Dodgers.
  • Kenta Maeda will counter for the Dodgers. Maeda (6-2, 3.67) came off the injured list last Saturday to win his third straight start by surrendering three runs over five frames in an 11-7 triumph over Pittsburgh.
  • Maeda is 3-1 with a 4.55 ERA in six career outings against the Phillies.

My Best Bet for Phillies-Dodgers

OVER 8.5 runs

Prior to yesterday’s contest, the Dodgers had gone OVER the total in nine straight games. While Maeda and Arrieta are coming off strong starts, I think tonight’s matchup is going to feature plenty of offensive fireworks. Harper is on another level right now with his new team and the Dodgers are no slouch offensively, so expect L.A. to start another OVER streak in this one.