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On 05/02/2014 05:32 PM in MLB

FRIDAY FIRST 5 INNINGS PLAY (YTD 6-4)

LAD/Miami over 4 -115:
More often than not, something has to give when you have two teams producing plenty of offense that wind up going head to head with each other. With both clubs on 3 game winning streaks, the LA Dodgers (17-12) are coming off a 3 game sweep in Interleague play of the Minnesota Twins, where the Target Field faithful saw blue average nearly 6.5 runs per contest. Miami (14-14) took 3 straight from Atlanta scoring a mean of nearly 8 runs. The trend is likely to continue for this evening given the starters each squad sends to the helm.

The Dodgers send Josh Beckett (0-0 2.45) to the mound in search of his first win in over a year and a half. Since going 13-7 in 2011 as a member of the Boston Red Sox, Beckett has since battled through injuries and inconsistency struggling with a 7-19 mark and an ERA near 5. Beckett faces a Marlins lineup that is collectively hitting .267 averaging nearly 4.7 runs per contest. Casey McGehee (.305 0 18) bats in the cleanup spot and has received a second chance after tanking in the 2011 and 2012 seasons while playing for the Tohoku golden Eagles in Japan. Giancarlo Stanton (.268 8 32) is tied for the ML lead in RBIs with Jose Abreu and is tied for second in NL HR. Garret Jones (.263 5 14) snapped a recent mini-slump with a couple of multi-hit games against Washington, and seems to be digging his new NL surroundings after 5 seasons in Pittsburgh. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (.296 5 9) is also getting used to baseball down south after spending 3.5 years up in beantown. Marcell Ozuma (.298 4 16) saw a 6 game hitting streak end but still remains a legitimate productive threat in the lower part of the lineup.

The fish counter with Tom Koehler (2-2 2.97) who is coming off a rare ineffective outing yielding 4 ER over 5 IP in a 4-0 shutout loss to the Mets. Koehler will look to regain the form he showed in his first 4 quality starts by facing a Dodger lineup who has shown plenty of collective power combined with missing out on numerous opportunities especially with RISP. Batting only .253 overall, LA ranks 5th in the majors with 30 HR led by Adrian Gonzalez (.321 9 25). Gonzalez is hitting .428 with four home runs and eight RBI in his last seven games and took Twins starter Michael Tonkin deep in the seventh inning for a solo home run in the second game of the doubleheader. Juan Uribe (.327 4 15) has gotten off to a fast start but will not be in the lineup this evening replaced by seldom used Chone Figgins. Dee Gordon (.317 1 7) is one to watch out of the leadoff spot with blazing speed as evident by his 15 stolen bases. Yasiel Puig (.309 3 17) is showing fans that last year's rookie campaign was no fluke going 14 for his last 33 (.424). It's only a matter of time before Andre Eithier (.241 2 14) and Matt Kemp (.207 4 9) right the ship or so at least manager Don Mattingly hopes in the short term.

For a little more of a price this evening we get 2 clubs looking to break out the sticks in a venue challenging to power hitters. With one of the league's best when it comes to area in the deepest parts of the ballpark, the corners do provide a little more favor towards the hitter due to the ability for the ball to carry. Beckett has been relatively sharp thus far but will have his hands full against one of the NL's more balanced lineups. Consequently, Koehler may also need to keep his pitches honest and go right at the Dodger nucleus of hitters while taking his chances nibbling on the corners of the strike zone. A win this evening will give us 3 straight and some rejuventated confidence after one of the more lopsided starts to start a season in quite sometime. Best of luck however you play!

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