It wasn’t quite like the onslaught on Tuesday, but the Dodgers opened up another blowout win on the Miami Marlins last night at Marlins Park. On the heels of a 15-1 win, the Dodgers didn’t slow down and slammed the Marlins by a score of 9-1. Justin Turner opened up the scoring with a solo shot off Eliaser Hernandez and the Dodgers kept attacking.
The offense weren’t the only ones getting after it, either. For a second consecutive night, the Dodgers received output from both their offensive and pitching units. Clayton Kershaw was on fire and got through half of the game with a perfect game. He left the contest with just 2 hits yielded and 10 strikeouts. If their rotation can fire on all cylinders like this come October, then the Dodgers are going to be an impossible out in the postseason.
We must keep in mind that this was the Miami Marlins that Dustin May and Kershaw chewed up and spit out, though. The Marlins are the worst offense in the major leagues and they’ve struggled to score against a lot of pitchers. Nevertheless, Kershaw has frustrated a lot of hitters and May is the top pitching prospect in the Dodgers’ system.
Next up in the rotation for the Dodgers is Walker Buehler. He’s another option in their rotation that is deadly on the bump as well. There aren’t too many rotations in baseball who can lose two members and still fire away like this.
The Indians are having success without Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco, and likewise, the Dodgers are still thriving without Rich Hill and Ross Stripling. Buehler will get the call against Caleb Smith, who is hoping that the Dodger bats are done with hitting the laces off the ball this afternoon. Head below for our free Dodgers vs. Marlins pick.
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The Yankees sent Caleb Smith to the Marlins in part of the Giancarlo Stanton deal a couple of years ago. He’s been showing some steady progress and has been a bright spot in an otherwise down season for the Marlins. After posting an ERA of 7.71 in nine appearances with the Yankees in 2017, Smith improved on that in his first season in Miami. Smith posted a 4.19 ERA in 16 starts and has again improved on that figure, at least thus far.
Barring a major setback late in the season, he’s going to have an ERA below 4.00 for the first time in his young major league career. His last outing is one to forget, having allowed 10 hits and 6 earned runs in 4.2 innings against the Braves. In his last three outings, Smith has posted a 5.94 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in 16.2 innings. Against this red-hot Dodgers’ offense, he should expect to do better than Yamamoto and Hernandez, but that still may not bring the Marlins close to a win here.
Walker Buehler has had his way against the Marlins in the past. They’re hitting just .211 with no home runs against him in 57 at-bats. Overall, not too many teams have been able to hit Buehler hard this season. It isn’t just the awful Marlins’ offense, who are dead last in the majors in runs scored per game. Buehler posted an ERA of 2.21 and 1.13 WHIP in his previous three outings.
He has surrendered just 1-run in 15 innings of work and allowed 1 or no runs in three of his last four starts. The Dodgers are rolling and I don’t see it stopping on Thursday. Don’t expect a beatdown like we watched the last two days, but the Dodgers likely still have control throughout this game for a 6-3 or 5-2 victory.