The Los Angeles Dodgers have been incredibly inconsistent
They’ve been pretty consistent over the past several seasons
against Roy Oswalt, but that isn’t something they’re proud of.
Seeking his first victory in nearly seven weeks, Oswalt looks to
continue his dominance over the Dodgers when he takes the ball for
the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank
Los Angeles (28-33) had little luck in Monday’s series opener
against Cliff Lee, who struck out 10 in seven shutout innings. The
Dodgers finally scored off reliever Ryan Madson in the ninth but
still ended up losing 3-1.
Monday’s offensive dud came after Los Angeles combined for 20
runs in winning its previous two games against Cincinnati.
This has been an ongoing problem for the Dodgers, who have
scored 46 runs while batting .329 in their last six victories but
have scored four times and hit .191 in their last five losses.
Matt Kemp is in the middle of this erratic stretch, driving in
13 runs in the wins and two in the defeats.
“We’ve got to find a way to break though,” manager Don Mattingly
That might not be so easy against Oswalt (3-3, 2.70 ERA).
The right-hander won each of the two starts he made against the
Dodgers last season with the Phillies, yielding six hits over 13
1-3 scoreless innings. In six starts versus Los Angeles since 2007,
the three-time All-Star is 5-0 with a 1.49 ERA. He has a 0.74 ERA
in those victories.
Kemp is hitless in eight career at-bats against Oswalt, striking
out four times, while Andre Ethier is batting .176 lifetime against
Oswalt has a 1.96 ERA in four starts since coming off the
disabled list with a sore lower back, but has been backed by three
total runs of support leaving him with an 0-2 record. Oswalt, who
has yielded two runs or fewer in eight of his nine starts, hasn’t
won since April 21, against San Diego.
At Washington on Wednesday, Oswalt gave up two runs and six hits
in five innings of a 2-1 loss.
Philadelphia’s offense hasn’t only struggled in Oswalt’s
The Phillies (36-24), who were without leadoff hitter Jimmy
Rollins (bruised right knee) for a second straight game Monday,
were limited to six hits in the opener, and have plated three runs
or fewer in five of six games.
Shane Victorino, who took Rollins’ place at the top of the
batting order Monday, is 3 for 16 (.188) in four games since coming
off the DL with a strained right hamstring.
“I feel like it’s going to come around,” manager Charlie Manuel
said. “I’m waiting though.”
Philadelphia hopes to have better luck against Rubby De La Rosa
(1-0, 1.80), who is making his first major league start.
De La Rosa was called up from Double-A Chattanooga on May 24,
and has yielded a run and three hits in five innings over three
relief appearances. The right-hander, who went 2-2 with a 2.93 ERA
in eight starts in the minors, is taking the spot in the rotation
of Jon Garland (right shoulder inflammation).