David Price has made five All-Star teams as a starting pitcher, but had yet to show that form with the Dodgers entering Wednesday’s game in Philadelphia.
Though Price’s record is 4-1, all of those wins have come out of the bullpen. The Dodgers are 2-6 in his starts and he has gone more than 4 1/3 innings just twice. He has a 4.24 ERA with a 1.7 strikeout-to-walk rate on the road, compared to 2.93 and 9.0 at home.
Trade-deadline acquisition Kyle Gibson has won his first two starts for the Phillies, and overall this season has an 8-3 record with a 2.79 ERA with 0.6 home runs per nine innings allowed. Philadelphia also entered the series ranked seventh in the majors in bullpen ERA over the past 30 days; the Dodgers were 13th in that span.
The Phillies entered Tuesday 8-0 in August and 34-21 at home this season (compared to a 25-32 road record), so their playoff push will continue on Wednesday.
The play: Phillies, +105.