Justin Nicolino (1-0, 0.00 ERA) and Brett Anderson (3-4, 3.29 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Miami Marlins (30-44) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (41-33) at Marlins Park. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 26 and can be seen on SportsNet LA and FSN-FL.
Nicolino pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs, striking out two and walking two in a 5-0 win over the Reds. Giancarlo Stanton (.269, 47 Rs, 27 HRs, 67 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. Against the Marlins, Anderson is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and two strikeouts. Justin Turner (.324, 28 Rs, 10 HRs, 35 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run.
Los Angeles takes on Miami as a -137 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at seven runs. The Marlins have recorded an overall money line of -1,455 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 15-25. Miami has recorded a disappointing 2-6 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 third in the league with 95 home runs. Los Angeles is excellent at drawing walks with an NL-best 3.5 per game. Shifting to the pitching staff and defense, the The Dodgers allow just 3.4 runs per game, ranking them third in the NL. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Dodgers are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.19 for the season.
The Dodgers lead the season series, 2-1. The Marlins have an 8-8 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Anderson takes the mound. Nicolino (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
Los Angeles won its last game in a shutout, its 10th of the season. Miami has been shut out five times this season.
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 15-1 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 two games while the Marlins have lost their last four.
When they outhit their opponents, the Marlins are 23-12. The Dodgers have a 28-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 24th, Miami is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 276 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top half at 11th with 313.
Ranking first in walks, Los Angeles has earned 263 this season. Miami ranks 24th with 173 walks.
When the Marlins hit at least one home run, they are 20-26. When the Dodgers hit at least one homer, they have a 33-20 record.