DODGERS' RECORD WITHOUT MANNY: 16-10
Clayton Kershaw (3-3, 4.34) vs. Cole Hamels (3-2, 5.21).
Playing the Phillies is always a daunting proposition — unless you listen to Tracy Ringolsby:
Tinseltown has not been kind to the Phillies. They have won back-to-back NL East titles but are 1-6 at Dodger Stadium during that time, and were swept in four games a year ago. They are 13-23 at Dodger Stadium in the last decade, losing eight of 11 series.
Well that's just great. We'll just sit back and relax and let the Phillies lose.
Seriously, this four-game series is the Dodgers' first foray back into the NL East since going 9-2 against the division in May. Kershaw's trending up; Hamels, down. Let's hope it translates into more dominance.
Laker fan? First read this excellent human-interest story about the Nuggets and briefly feel bad that they didn't make the Finals. Then recover and get ready to do some serious channel flipping/picture-in-picture watching. This thread will host both Dodgers and Lakers game comments, so don't get confused when Casey Blake takes it strong to the hoop!
Tonight's occupant of the press box "Blog Spot" at Dodger Stadium is Robert from Trolley Dodger. Have a blast, TD!