The Miami Marlins will host the Los Angeles Dodgers in the three-game series finale Thursday afternoon from Marlins Park. The Dodgers will hand the ball to 25-year old right-hander Walker Buehler, and the Marlins will counter with 28-year old left-hander Caleb Smith. The Dodgers have won all five games in the season series.
Buehler Spins Another Gem, Targets Sixth Road Win
Walker Buehler will get the nod for the 23rd time of the season, aiming for his third consecutive Quality Start. Buehler was outstanding last time out, firing six scoreless innings against the D-Backs, although he did not receive any run support and finished with the no-decision. The talented young right-hander is having a spectacular season, sporting a 3.08 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP paired with a 10-2 record in 137.1 innings of action, Buehler recorded seven shutout innings against the Marlins earlier this season, and he has limited Miami to five runs (four earned) in 17 career innings. Jorge Alfaro is 2 for 4 against Buehler, while Garrett Cooper is 1 for 3, and Brian Anderson is 3 for 8.
Cody Bellinger is only hitting .200 in August, although he is still managing to produce with five taters and 10 RBI’s on the month. The 24-year-old star is having a career-year, compiling a .316 average with 39 homers and 90 RBI’s. Bellinger is 2 for 9 with four walks against the Marlins this season.
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— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 14, 2019
The Dodgers have sealed the top spot in the NL West, and to their credit they are showing no signs of complacency this month, winning 11 out of their last 13 games behind outstanding pitching. The Dodgers are battling with the Yankees and Astros for the best record in baseball.
The Dodgers potent lineup stands fifth in the big leagues with an average of 5.48 runs per game. The L.A. pitching staff leads the Majors with a stifling 3.29 team ERA. The Dodgers are 32-25 on the road entering Wednesday.
Smith Clobbered by Braves in Second Straight Loss
Caleb Smith will make his 20th start of the season in this one. Smith was rocked in his previous start, conceding six runs on 10 hits in 4.2 innings against the tough Braves lineup, leading to his second straight defeat. The third-year left-hander hasn’t been quite as sharp recently, although overall he is having a strong year, logging a 3.71 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP accompanied with a 7-6 record in 106.2 innings of work. Smith has allowed four runs in his three career innings pitched against the Dodgers.
Starlin Castro has fared well against the tough Walker Buehler, notching 3 hits in 9 at-bats which equates to a .333 average. The 29-year old second baseman is red-hot, accumulating eight RBI’s in his last five games, and he is hitting .260 with 11 big flys and 54 RBI’s on the season.
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) August 14, 2019
The Marlins no longer rank last in the Majors in runs scored and they managed to score 21 runs in four games against Atlanta this past weekend. Miami does have some talented young hitters and a good mix of young pitching.
The Marlins are averaging 3.64 runs on the season, ranking them last in the Major Leagues. The Miami pitching staff owns a decent 4.56 team ERA, positioning them 16th in the Majors. The Marlins are carrying a 24-38 home record.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are:
- 4-0 in Buehler’s last 4 starts against a team with a losing record.
- 5-0 in their last 5 games against the Marlins.
- 4-0 in their last 4 road games against a left-handed starter.
The Miami Marlins are:
- 2-9 in their last 11 games overall.
- 1-6 in Smith’s last 7 starts against a team with a winning record.
- 7-19 in their last 26 games against a left-handed starter.