By Peter Gleason

The two best records in the National League, with 13 All-Stars between them, meet for three games this week, when the Dodgers open a series against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park tonight.

This is the second series in a row against a first-place team for the Dodgers, who took two of three games against the NL Central-leading Brewers over the weekend at Dodger Stadium.

Philadelphia will bolster its lineup beginning Tuesday, when designated hitter Kyle Schwarber is expected to return after missing nine games with a left groin strain. He might be joined by Bryce Harper, who missed the same amount of time with a left hamstring strain.

In nine games without Harper and Schwarber, the Phillies averaged 3.67 runs per game, and were held to two or fewer runs five times.

Whatever Phillies lineup is planned, the Dodgers will add another reliever ahead of Tuesday’s series opener, with Justin Wrobleski headed back to Triple-A Oklahoma City after making his major league debut on Sunday.

The Phillies will send to the mound three starters ranked third (Zack Wheeler, 2.74), fifth (Christopher Sánchez, 2.96), and 16th (Aaron Nola, 3.48) among qualified NL pitchers in ERA. Stone, who pitches Wednesday against Sánchez, ranks sixth with a 3.03 mark.

This is the first of two regular season series between the Dodgers and Phillies this season. They’ll play three games in Los Angeles from August 5-7, in the Dodgers’ first home games after the trade deadline.

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