Philadelphia set to open 10-game trek in Los Angeles

Philadelphia visits Dodger Stadium
The Phillies open a 10-game road trip Monday night in Los Angeles with a contest against the Dodgers. The trek west is the first of the season for the club and includes a stop in San Francisco before concluding at Wrigley Field with three games against the Cubs.

"It'll be tough, no doubt," outfielder Nick Williams said Sunday. "We're going to go out and compete against some strong teams."

Vince Velasquez will be on the hill for the Phillies in the opener at Dodger Stadium. He scuffled a bit in his last outing this past week against Atlanta but surrendered just one earned run over 4 1/3 innings despite allowing six hits. His combined ERA in May is an outstanding 2.08.

The Dodgers counter with righty Brock Stewart who will be making just his second start of the season. He surrendered a pair of runs over four innings in his previous outing against Colorado.

The Dodgers sit four games below .500, but that's not a fair indicator of how good this club is. Their 0.4 run differential ranks 12th in baseball and the club has won eight of the last 10.

This 10-game trip for the Phillies is the longest to date for the club.

“It’s going to be a good road trip,” pitcher Nick Pivetta said following Sunday's loss. “All of us have a positive mind-set and will continue to compete the way we have been competing.”

Tonight's Starting Lineup
Hernandez 4
Hoskins 7
Herrera 8
Santana 3
Franco 5
Williams 9
Kingery 6
Alfaro 2
Velasquez 1
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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