Can Phillies stun Dodgers again as underdog? MLB Predictions 9/19/17

Clayton Kershaw looked every bit the perennial Cy Young Award candidate for much of the Monday night game.

On Monday night, the Phillies claimed a 4-3 victory as they sent Clayton Kershaw to a surprising loss via a four-run sixth inning. He had faced 103 batters in his career with the bases loaded and never allowed a grand slam.

Los Angeles Dodgers' Chris Taylor, left, rounds the bases after hitting an inside the park home run off Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Nick Pivetta during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in Philadelphia. The Phillies are now the only team against which Kershaw is two games under.500 in his career.

The Dodgers (96-54) took a 2-0 lead with back-to-back home runs to open the first inning, and they still held that edge entering the sixth inning against the seemingly lifeless Phillies (59-91).

Fantasy Impact Kershaw also struck out six and walked just two. I just wanted to make sure I got the head out. Corey Seager came into this set with 151 hits, 78 runs, 20 homers and 71 RBI while Justin Turner had 139 hits, 68 runs, 20 homers and 69 RBI. Kershaw's 1-1 pitch was another breaking ball, a slider that stayed up in the zone and barely broke. Kershaw (17-4) had allowed two hits through the first five innings. Running hard all the way - "I thought it was going to be a deep flyout, I thought I got under it too much", he said - Taylor stepped on second as the ball first bounced on the outfield grass after the insane carom. An out was followed by a bloop single off the bat of shortstop Freddy Galvis, putting the tying run aboard with one out. He's at four. I definitely know he's trending in the right direction. I blew it and we lost. "He didn't quit and he keeps battling, that's the thing I like about him the most, along with his stuff". "It was a nice little boost because I haven't been doing the best lately".

Altherr's slam gave the Phillies a lead no one in Citizens Bank Park had reason to expect.

Hector Neris recorded his 22nd save for the Phillies despite allowing a solo homer to Curtis Granderson in the ninth. The first was against Colorado where he went just 3.2 innings and gave up four runs on six hits. "Right there, I liked our chances".

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