The Dodgers has quite the offensive breakout in Miami against the hapless Marlins, but still only managed to win two out of three games.
During the three game series, the Dodgers scored 31 runs, hit 14 home runs, eight doubles and a triple. Cody Bellinger hit his 40th home run of the season. Those 14 homers were a franchise record for the Dodgers in a series. They tied the Atlanta Braves for most homers at Marlins Park this season, but it took the Braves 10 game to achieve that mark. It was quite the thing to behold.
Thursday’s pitching effort was not, however. The 13 runs by the Marlins were the most allowed by the Dodger pitching staff all season. Starter Walker Buehler couldn’t make it out of the fifth inning. Pedro Baez was brought in to relieve, and he also was unable to record an out. In all, the Marlins scored six runs in that inning, with just an onslaught of hits. The Marlins didn’t hit any home runs, and it was the first time since 2006 that the Marlins had four players with at least three RBI. It was an uncharacteristicly bad day for the whole pitching staff and hopefully they’ve gotten it out of their system.
The Dodgers now move on to tougher competition in the Braves, owners of the second best record in the National League at 72-51. They lead the NL East by 5.5 games over the Washington Nationals. They just took two of three games from the New York Mets, and were almost able to finish a comeback in Thursday’s game, but ultimately fell to them 10-8.
The Dodgers and the Braves have each hit 28 home runs so far this month, tied for the most in the National League. Ronald Acuna Jr.is mounting his own MVP campaign, having 35 homers so far on the season, and 28 stolen bases. He also has made incredible defensive plays, like his home run robbing catch over the wall in yesterday’s game.
The Braves has also had bullpen concerns. They acquired both Shane Greene and Mark Melancon at the trade deadline, and neither have been very good since their debuts for Atlanta. They’ve had to cycle through their bullpen arms to try to figure out who their steady closer might be.
Kenta Maeda will start Friday night for the Dodgers, coming off one of his best starts of the season where he went 7.0 innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks, allowing only three hits. The Braves will send Mike Soroka to the hill. Soroka is having a great season, with a 10-2 record and a 2.32 ERA in 21 games. He’s gone seven innings in each of his last three games, allowing only four runs total.
Saturday’s game will feature Hyun-Jin Ryu and Mike Foltynewicz. The Braves righty is 4-5 on the season with a 6.24 ERA in only 13 games. In two games since he returned from Triple-A Gwinnett, he’s allowed seven runs in 11.1 innings.
Finally for Sunday’s matinee, Dustin May will make his third start for the Dodgers, going up against Max Fried. The lefty for the Braves is 14-4 with a 3.78 ERA. He’s allowed only two runs in his last three games.
Both Friday and Saturday’s game will be at 4:20 PDT, and Sunday’s game will be at 10:20 PDT.