After sweeping the Atlanta Braves, the Miami Marlins will resume what will be a nine-game homestand against the Los Angeles Dodgers. L.A. will be in south Florida for three games beginning on Friday.
Like Miami, the Dodgers are also coming off of a sweep. After being rained out on Wednesday, Los Angeles took both games of a doubleheader on Thursday to complete a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins.
The big bat in the order to this point for the Dodgers has without a doubt been former first round pick of the Marlins, Adrian Gonzalez. Gonzalez’s nine home runs is tops in the National League and in terms of RBIs, Gonzalez trails only Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton. Juan Uribe, Dee Gordon and Yasiel Puig are also all off to very good starts at the plate for the Dodgers.
On the mound, Zack Greinke’s five wins is tied for the best in baseball. Greinke has been solid, posting a 2.04 ERA to this point.
While the Dodgers have performed well at the plate and on the mound this season, a number of Marlins are off to great starts as well. Starting pitcher Jose Fernandez is 4-1 for Miami while ranking third in the National League in wins and fourth in earned run average.
At the plate, Stanton not only leads the National League, but his 32 RBIs are tied with Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox for the most in baseball. Stanton has eight home runs on the year as well which is just one fewer than Gonzalez.
Thanks to the sweep of Atlanta, Miami enters the series with the Dodgers an even 14-14 on the year. Miami is tied for fourth place in the National League East, but trails the Braves by only 3.5 games in the division.
In the National League West, Los Angeles finds itself in second place with a record of 17-12. The Dodgers are just a half game back of their first place rivals, the San Francisco Giants.
The three-game series in Miami will begin with night games on Friday and Saturday before concluding with an afternoon contest on Sunday. In seven meetings a season ago, Los Angeles held a 5-2 edge over the Marlins. L.A. also took three of the four games between the teams in South Florida.
Cishek Begins New Save Streak
After having his streak of 34 consecutive converted saves snapped on Saturday at Citi Field, Miami Marlins’ closer Steve Cishek has begun a new one. That steak is only two, but Cishek entered Thursday’s contest against the Atlanta Braves in the eight inning with the go-ahead run on base. Cishek was able to work out of the jam before pitching a perfect ninth inning. While Cishek’s club-record 34 straight saves may be over, the Miami reliever is in the midst of another stellar year with six saves and a miniscule 1.80 ERA.
Marlins Continuing to Play Well at Home
After the three-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves, the Miami Marlins find themselves with a home record of 12-4, which is tied with Atlanta for the best in baseball. The Marlins have won every series at home to this point, but Miami is just 2-10 on the road for the season. While Marlins Park has certainly been a tough place to play for visiting teams this season, the Fish will need to play better on the road to stay relevant into the latter parts of summer. Worth nothing is the fact that starting pitcher Jose Fernandez has never lost a home start for Miami. Fernandez will start the series finale against the Dodgers on Sunday.
Friday – Josh Beckett (LAD) 0-0, 2.45 ERA vs. Tom Koehler (MIA) 2-2, 2.97 ERA
Saturday – Paul Maholm (LAD) 1-2, 4.74 ERA vs. Jacob Turner (MIA) 0-0, 7.50 ERA
Sunday – Hyun Jin-Ryu (LAD) 3-2, 3.00 ERA vs. Jose Fernandez (MIA) 4-1, 1.59 ERA