In the first of a four-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (12-7) and the Miami Marlins (6-11) at Dodger Stadium, Ross Stripling (0-0, 2.65 ERA) and Wei-Yin Chen (0-1, 4.91 ERA) take the mound. The game gets underway at 10:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Apr. 25 and will air on SNLA and FSFL.
In his last start, Stripling pitched 3.2 innings, allowing three runs (one unearned), striking out four and walking two in a 5-3 victory over the Braves. Joc Pederson (.278, 12 Rs, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 1 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. The Marlins were unsuccessful against the Nationals 3-1 the last time Chen pitched. He went 7.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out seven and walking two. Giancarlo Stanton (.230, 8 Rs, 4 HRs, 11 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds are Los Angeles -135 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 7.5. Turning to the pitching and defensive side, the Los Angeles pitching staff and defense is very good at home, only giving up 2.5 runs per game. The Dodgers don't allow many hitters to get on base, ranking fourth in the league with a 1.124 WHIP.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD
In their last game, the Marlins won by a margin of one run. The Dodgers are 2-2 in one-run games. The Marlins have a 2-3 record in close games.
Miami has won 14% (1-6) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Los Angeles has won 50% (4-4) of its games when taking a late lead.
When they are outhit, the Marlins are 0-8. The Dodgers have a 1-5 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total home runs this season, Los Angeles ranks 25th with 13 homers and Miami is 28th with 11.
Los Angeles and Miami both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Los Angeles sits at seventh with 9.11 hits per game and Miami ranks sixth with 9.24.
Ranking 18th, Miami is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.720). Los Angeles ranks in the top half with an OPS of .727.
The Marlins are 3-4 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Dodgers are 3-5 when they allow at least one homer.