Zack Greinke (5-0, 1.56 ERA) gets the ball for the Los Angeles Dodgers (20-10) as they meet Tom Koehler (2-3, 5.18 ERA) and the Miami Marlins (15-17) in the first of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. The game gets underway at 10:10 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 11 and will air on FSN-FL and SportsNet LA.
Greinke has a 3.97 ERA and a 3-0 record in his career against the Marlins, and is up against a solid Miami offense that's hitting .268 on the year. Adrian Gonzalez (.377, 24 Rs, 9 HRs, 29 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and four RBIs. In his pitching opportunities against the Dodgers, Koehler is 1-2 with a 3.45 ERA. He gets a strong Los Angeles offense that's batting .263. Dee Gordon (.439, 18 Rs, 12 RBIs, 12 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Marlins, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
Los Angeles is a considerable -190 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. The Dodgers perform well as a favorite with a 17-9 record and have an overall money line of +506. The Dodgers come into the game with the NL's top ranked home scoring offense, averaging 5.6 runs per game in their own ballpark. The Dodgers lead the majors in home runs with 48. They have been very patient at the plate, leading the NL with an average of 3.9 walks per game. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Dodgers don't allow many hitters to get on base, ranking fourth in the league with a 1.14 WHIP. The have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, leading the NL with 8.9 strikeouts per game.
Switching gears, the Marlins come into this game with a win percentage of .467 when playing as the underdog (7-8) and an overall money line of -172.
This game will feature Koehler (RHP) on the mound against the Dodgers, who have a 12-1 home and 18-8 overall record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Greinke will take the mound against the Marlins, who have a 10-15 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Marlins lost by a margin of one run. The Dodgers are 4-5 in one-run games. The Marlins have a 5-5 record in close games.
When the Marlins play into extra innings, they have a 1-0 record. The Dodgers are 2-2 when their games exceed nine innings.
After a weak showing last week where they got in seven hits, the Marlins need to step it up. The Dodgers have a record of 11-5 when opponents get seven hits or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Marlins are 13-6. The Dodgers have a 16-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 15th, Miami sits in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 136 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with 154.
Los Angeles ranks at the top of the league when it comes to walks with 123 this season. Miami ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 84.
When the Dodgers hit at least one home run, they are 17-7. When the Marlins hit at least one homer, they have a 7-7 record.