The Dodgers and Phillies have been polar opposites since the All-Star break.
Whereas the Dodgers have lost just three times since the Midsummer Classic to take control of the National League West, the Phillies are 5-19 in the second half and have fallen to fourth place in their division.
The two sides, moving in vastly different directions, will meet for a three-game set at Citizens Bank Park this weekend after both teams have the day off on Thursday.
The Dodgers, riding an impressive eight-game winning streak, call upon right-hander Zack Greinke, who has been one of baseball's most dominant pitchers in the last month. The righty has a 1.66 ERA in his last seven starts and has gone at least six innings in each of them. The Dodgers have won six of those seven contests.
Greinke certainly has not been the only bright spot for the Dodgers, and manager Don Mattingly noted that the surge is a team effort.
"We've pitched well, our bullpen has been good," Mattingly said. "The extra guys have been good. [Yasiel] Puig's been great, Adrian [Gonzalez], too. It's been a team thing. There have been contributions from different guys in all different areas, all over the field, from the bench to the bullpen to the back end of the game to the middle of the game."
The Phillies will turn to left-hander Cliff Lee. His season numbers are better than Greinke's, but he has been getting hit hard lately.
Lee, who has 145 strikeouts and 26 walks in 155 2/3 innings, has surrendered three runs or more in each of his last five starts and has a 5.64 ERA since the end of June.
There's a good chance Lee will have to contend with Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier, who returned to action Wednesday night with a pinch-hit, game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Mets.
Ethier was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday because of a badly bruised left calf, but doctors ruled out a blood clot.
"I'm all right," said Ethier, who sustained the injury Aug. 4 when he was hit by a pitch. "It was just getting more sore and was still bruised."
Phillies: Lannan exits start early
Left-hander John Lannan left Wednesday's start against the Braves with an injured left knee.
Lannan struggled through 1 1/3 innings before being pulled. A strained quadriceps muscle in the knee landed him on the disabled list from mid-April to mid-June.
Lannan was charged with five runs in the loss, and his season ERA jumped to 5.33. He has allowed 13 earned runs in his last two starts.
Dodgers: Wilson may take part in road trip
Right-handed reliever Brian Wilson will likely join the Dodgers during this road trip, and could be with the team on Friday in Philadelphia.
Wilson, who has not pitched in the Majors since April 2012, underwent Tommy John surgery last year. The Dodgers signed Wilson, who aided the Giants to a World Series championship in 2010, in late July.
The 31-year-old has a career ERA of 3.21, and he has not allowed a run in four Minor League appearances since signing with his new team.
• The Phillies have lost six of their last seven series and 13 of their last 14 road games.
• Greinke is 2-1 with a 3.27 ERA and 1.045 WHIP in four career starts against the Phillies.
AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.