Dodgers vs. Marlins MLB Pick – August 14th

The Los Angeles Dodgers made easy work of the Miami Marlins on Tuesday with a beatdown of 15-1. There is no mercy rule in Major League Baseball, but I think the Marlins wanted to throw in the towel shortly after the Dodgers put together another big inning in the 9th.

Despite a 11-1 lead, the Dodgers kept the beating going with 4 more runs to cash in an easy victory. Matt Beaty had a standout night, as he led the Dodgers with 4 RBI’s on the night. Rookie Dustin May had another solid performance as well. May allowed just 3 hits and 1-run across 5.2 innings of play.

May is not going away anytime soon. He’s going to be next in line to be the next Dodgers’ superstar member of the rotation. May is the top pitching prospect in their system and it has been apparent pretty quickly in his career. He might become a rather valuable weapon for the Dodgers in the postseason.

Even if he doesn’t make the postseason rotation, the Dodgers can turn to him in the bullpen to get some outs. It’s looking like the Dodgers will be utilizing Ross Stripling in the bullpen instead of May, though. That includes Rich Hill who has been injured as well. With May producing, he could see a role as a reliever in October. That is scary to think having the luxury of Stripling and Hill out of the bullpen.

Clayton Kershaw was originally scheduled to pitch yesterday, but Dave Roberts gave him an extra day off to rest. It worked out brilliantly, as the Dodgers didn’t need Kershaw on Tuesday. He will get his chance against the Marlins today. The Marlins will counter with Elieser Hernandez, who hopes to stop the bleeding after getting whipped around a night ago. Head below for our free Dodgers vs. Marlins pick.

L.A. Dodgers vs. Miami Marlins Pick:

Betting Odds:

  • Moneyline: Dodgers -280/Marlins +230
  • O/U: 8

Pitching Matchup:

  • Clayton Kershaw (11-2, 2.77 ERA)
  • Elieser Hernandez (2-4, 4.94 ERA)

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Kershaw probably didn’t mind getting an extra day off and the Dodgers got a big win out of the deal. He will be back in the saddle on Wednesday as the Dodgers look for more against the Marlins. With a win, the Dodgers will advance to 9-1 in their last ten games and 81-41 on the season.

Despite facing a possible letdown spot last night, the Dodgers were playing at their best on Tuesday night in Miami. They will be in good hands with Kershaw on the bump Wednesday. Kershaw goes into tonight with an ERA of 2.77 and a stellar 11-2 record. He’s been even better recently, with a 2.37 ERA and perfect 3-0 record in his previous three outings.

His success against the Marlins has been well-documented, as he’s held them to a .156 batting average and just 1 home run in 154 at-bats. It’s fairly common for pitchers to have success against the Marlins, especially this season as they’ve been mostly horrid in 2019. Miami are 30th in the major leagues with only 3.64 runs scored per game. I wouldn’t expect the Marlins to eclipse their season average in this one against Kershaw.

The Dodgers have only seen Eliaser Hernandez in one game for a total of 18 at-bats. They did pretty well, with a .400 OBP and 4 runs scored. Matt Beaty, who was on fire last night, has gone deep on Hernandez. Hernandez is coming off a dominant performance over the Braves, as he gave up just 2 hits and no runs across 6 innings.

I don’t think he’s at a point in his career where he’s consistently going to perform like that, though. There should be some regression for him here. I’m not expecting another run party for the Dodgers tonight in Miami, but they likely give Kershaw ample run support to work with. This looks like a repeat bet night in Miami, with the Dodgers another solid option on the runline.

The Bet
DODGERS -1.5
Kyle E
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