#964 Los Angeles Dodgersvs.#963 Miami Marlins
Written by Ricky Dimon
Miami Marlins (14-25 SU, 15-24 RL, 22-15-2 O/U) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (23-18 SU, 21-20 RL, 19-22 O/U)
MLB: Friday, May 19, 2017 at 10:10 p.m. EST
The Line: LA Dodgers -240/Miami +200. Total: 8
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Miami Marlins will continue a four-game series when they meet again at Dodger Stadium on Friday night. Los Angeles halted a three-game losing streak when it defeated San Francisco on Wednesday. Miami was a horrendous 1-8 in its last nine contests heading into the opener of this series.
The Marlins are already 11 games below .500 after completing a 1-8 homestand with Wednesday’s 3-0 loss to the Astros. They are a dreadful 4-17 in their last 21 games. Left-hander Justin Nicolino is getting the start for Miami on Friday as his team tries to get off the skids. Nicolino has pitched just once this season and it went well this past Sunday, when he allowed only one run in six innings against Atlanta in a 3-1 Marlins’ victory. The 25-year-old issued four walks to go along with six hits, but five strikeouts helped him limit the damage.
“That’s any team though when you go through a tough stretch,” manager Don Mattingly said of his squad’s disappointment. “But I don’t know if I’ve ever been through one quite like this. This is extended. At some point, we’ve just got to play better.”
The Dodgers ended a three-game slide by beating the Giants 6-3 on Wednesday and they are now in the midst of a 10-game homestand. Rookie sensation Cody Bellinger notched his seventh multi-hit outing of the month in the recent victory and he has five homers and a major league-leading 18 RBIs in May. Third baseman Justin Turner is also hot, with four consecutive two-hit outings (8-for-15 overall during the stretch)to raise his batting average to .372.
Alex Wood will oppose Nicolino on Friday. The left-hander is off to an outstanding start this season, with a 4-0 record and a 2.27 ERA through eight outings (six starts). He has not allowed a single run in each of his past two appearances. Wood went five innings while allowing only two hits and striking out 11 in a 12-1 blowout of Pittsburgh on May 8. Five days later he got the win in a 4-0 shutout of Colorado, going six innings and mowing down 10 more hitters.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers are:
All signs point to a good day at the office for the Dodgers. Bellinger and Turner are swinging the bats like beasts and Wood has been in stellar form so far this year. And it’s safe to say that Miami is not exactly a daunting opponent at the moment. Mattingly’s team is last in the NL East in runs scored and fourth to last in the National League in that department. The Marlins are 7-20 in their last 27 overall, 2-5 in their last seven on the road, 0-7 in their last seven against winning opponents, and 1-10 in Nicolino’s last 11 starts against winning opponents. Los Angeles is 13-6 in its last 19 overall, and 5-1 in its last six against right-handed starters. Look for those trends to continue.
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A 2006 graduate of Davidson College, Ricky is a freelance sports writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. He has previously worked with various websites in the sports handicapping industry and is generally a fan of going with the hot hand while in most cases showing a willingness to take favorites and give the points. Beyond the four major sports, Ricky is an avid tennis fan—and writer—and covers the ATP Tour on a daily basis.