Next up on the Dodgers‘ schedule is a six-game road trip, consisting of three games with the Marlins starting on Tuesday evening, followed by a three-game set with the leaders of the NL East, the Braves, beginning on Friday.
In what seems to be an interminable rebuilding phase, the Marlins once again have the worst record in the National League at 44-73. Back in mid-July, the Dodgers swept the Fish at Chavez Ravine, highlighted by a seven-inning, scoreless gem by righty Walker Buehler when he allowed just five hits and struck out 11 in the series finale.
Although Miami has a little bit of pop in their lineup offensively, there’s really not much to write home about. Former Dodger Miguel Rojas leads the team with a .289 average and a .344 OBP, but has been on the injured list for about a week with a hamstring injury, highlighting a whole slew of players on the team who are unable to go because of some type of ailment.
26-year-old third baseman Brian Anderson is the team leader with 20 long balls and 60 RBI while veteran Starlin Castro has the most hits on the squad with 122. Ageless veteran Curtis Granderson is still around roaming the outfield, but he has tallied just a .186/.275/.386 over an even 100 games this season.
On the pitching front, the Dodgers will face Jordan Yamamoto, who began his season in brilliant fashion but has since slipped, in the opener. The 23-year-old righty has a 4-3 record with a 4.17 ERA over 10 starts in his freshman campaign. He will face Los Angeles right-hander Dustin May, who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals last week when he threw 5-2/3 innings, scattering five hits and a walk while striking out seven opposing batters.
In the middle game on Wednesday, another right-hander, Elieser Hernandez will take the bump against Clayton Kershaw. Hernandez is a swing man and has posted a 2-4 record with a 4.95 ERA over 14 appearances this year, eight which have been starts. Kersh is 11-2 with an impressive 2.77 ERA over 20 starts. In his last outing against St. Louis last Tuesday, CK threw seven solid innings and picked up the victory, allowing just one earned run on four hits and a walk while striking out nine.
On Friday afternoon in the finale, the Dodgers will finally face a southpaw in 28-year-old Caleb Smith. The Texas native has made 19 starts this year and has put together a 7-6 record with a 3.71 and a .211 BAA. Los Angeles will counter with Buehler, who will be seeking his 11th win of the season.
In a bit of injury news surrounding the Dodgers, the team announced on Tuesday that outfielder Kyle Garlick was recalled, replacing first baseman/utility man Tyler White, who was placed on the injured list with a right trapezius muscle strain.
Tuesday’s opener is scheduled for 4:10 PM Los Angeles time.
- Pederson RF
- Muncy 2B
- Turner 3B
- Bellinger 1B
- Pollock CF
- Seager SS
- Smith C
- Beaty LF
- May P