The Philadelphia Phillies (39-51) and Los Angeles Dodgers (48-42) are set to open up a three-game National League series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:10 ET

Philadelphia Phillies at Los Angeles Dodgers 

Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley is back on the field on a regular basis

Philadelphia managed to collect its first series win in nearly a month, taking two of three from the Colorado Rockies in the Mile High City, including a 5-1 victory on Sunday afternoon.  “This was big for us,” commented Phillies manager Charlie Manuel.  The Phillies continue to beat up on teams on the West Coast, posting a 96-56 record against NL West divisional opponents since the start of the 2008 season.  Philadelphia is 5-10 as a road underdog of +100 to +125, with the “over” going 9-6 in that situation.

Phillies starting pitcher Joe Blanton (7-8, 4.98 ERA) has suffered back-to-back losses to the Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves, surrendering nine runs (eight earned) and 15 hits over 12.1 combined innings.  The right-hander is 3-5 with a 5.23 ERA in nine road games (eight starts), issuing eight walks and striking out 40 batters in 51.2 frames.  In five career starts versus the Dodgers, Blanton has tallied a 1-0 record and 3.52 ERA, but has yet to earn a decision in two outings at this ballpark (4.09 ERA).

Los Angeles dropped the final two games of its divisional series against the San Diego Padres, as the clubhouse needs to bounce back after committing a season-high five errors on Sunday.  “We’re a better defensive club than this,” commented Dodgers manager Don Mattingly after the game.  The Dodgers are now 1.5 games back of the San Francisco Giants in the division race, which may cause some moves to be made before the Trade Deadline that’s quickly approaching at the end of the month.  Los Angeles is 28-34 in July over the last two-plus seasons.

Dodgers starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (1-5, 4.21 ERA) earned his first victory of the season last time out, allowing just one run and five hits over six innings in a 4-1 road win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.  The right-hander is 0-2 with a 3.93 ERA in three home starts, issuing four walks and striking out just eight batters in 18.1 combined frames.  Eovaldi will be facing the Phillies for the first time in his two-year career.

Bettors will likely back the Phillies due to their 4-1 mark in Blanton’s last five starts in this series, while the Dodgers are 4-10 in series openers.

Pick: Philadelphia Phillies -109

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