Tom Koehler (5-4, 3.76 ERA) and Clayton Kershaw (5-5, 3.33 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Miami Marlins (30-45) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (42-33) at Marlins Park. The Marlins lost the last game 7-1, continuing a five-game losing streak. Action begins at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 27 and can be seen on SportsNet LA and FSN-FL.
Koehler is 1-2 with a 2.91 ERA in his appearances against the Dodgers, but goes up against a quality Los Angeles offense which is batting .255 this season. Dee Gordon (.356, 39 Rs, 17 RBIs, 26 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run and one stolen base. When pitching against the Marlins, Kershaw is 5-1 with a 1.99 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, and 51 strikeouts. Adrian Gonzalez (.298, 40 Rs, 13 HRs, 46 RBIs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Los Angeles is favored (-190) over Miami and the Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at seven runs. The Marlins have recorded an overall money line of -1,555 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 15-26. Miami has recorded a disappointing 2-7 record as the underdog over its last 10 games. The Marlins are the third-best team in the NL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 8.1 hits per game to their opponents this season.
In games where it is the favorite, Los Angeles has a 35-30 record and an overall money line of -607. They played poorly as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 2-6 record, and a 4-6 record SU. The Dodgers can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking fourth in the league with 96 home runs. Los Angeles is excellent at drawing walks with an NL-best 3.5 per game. Los Angeles's pitching staff is one of the top in the NL at pitching on the road, with a 3.53 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Dodgers are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.18 for the season.
The Dodgers lead the season series, 3-1. The Marlins have an 8-8 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Kershaw takes the mound. Koehler (RHP) will be on the hill against the Dodgers, who have a 37-25 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Los Angeles is 15-13, while Miami is 14-25.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Marlins are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Dodgers have a 16-1 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
It looks like the Dodgers have a slight leg up on the Marlins, as the Dodgers have won their last three games while the Marlins have lost their last five.
When they outhit their opponents, the Marlins are 23-12. The Dodgers have a 29-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 24th, Miami is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 277 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 320.
Los Angeles tops the league in walks with 267 this season. Miami ranks near the bottom at 24th with 174.
The Marlins are 20-26 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Dodgers are 34-20 when they hit at least one homer.