Miami Marlins: Road trip continues in L.A.

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Jose Fernandez will look to get back on track against the Dodgers. (Paul Hadsall)

Fish hope to solve road woes in L.A.

The Miami Marlins will resume what will be an 11-game West Coast road trip on Monday as they kick off a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Miami comes in losers of three straight after taking the series opener at San Diego. Like Miami, the Dodgers recently dropped three of four. Los Angeles was defeated by the first place San Francisco Giants.

The three-game set at Dodger Stadium will be the final meeting between the Marlins and Dodgers this season. The series will feature two of the National League’s top three home run hitters. Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton is tied with Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki for the National League lead with 11 homers on the season while Dodgers’ first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is not far behind with nine.

Despite losing three straight, the Marlins enter the series with a 20-18 record. Miami is currently in second place in the National League East. The Fish are two games back of the Atlanta Braves, but do hold a half game lead over the Dodgers and Washington Nationals for the final wild card spot.

With a 20-19 record, the Dodgers are in third place in the National League West. Los Angeles is currently 4.5 games back of the first place Giants.

The series in Los Angeles will begin on Monday and conclude on Wednesday. First pitch for each of the three match-ups is slated for 10:10 P.M. eastern time.

Season Series
Miami leads 2-1. When the teams met in South Florida just over a week ago, it was the Miami Marlins that came out on top of a three-game set. Miami took the opener, but dropped the middle game in extra innings. In the rubber game last Sunday, Jeff Baker delivered the walk-off hit in the ninth inning to give the Marlins a 5-4 victory and the series.

Marlins Musings

Baseball’s Best at Home, Worst on Road
While the Miami Marlins have baseball’s best home record of 17-5, they have been absolutely dreadful on the road. The 11-game trip to the West Coast began on the right foot as Giancarlo Stanton’s two-run blast in extra innings lifted the Fish to a 3-1 victory on Thursday. Miami dropped the final three games against San Diego however and in the process, gave up an average of eight runs to a San Diego team that entered the series last in the major leagues in every major offensive category. On the season, the Marlins are a league-worst 3-13 on the road and have yet to win a series away from home.

Fernandez Struggles in San Diego
After four straight quality starts, Miami Marlins’ starting pitcher Jose Fernandez struggled mightily on Friday in San Diego. After going at least seven innings in four straight starts, Fernandez lasted just five on Friday allowing five runs on six hits. Fernandez also surrendered a pair of home runs for the first time in his career. While it was not statistically Fernandez’s worst start of the season, his five-strikeout effort was a season-low. Fernandez will look to rebound as he gets the start against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Pitching Match-ups
Monday – Tom Koehler (MIA) 3-2, 1.99 ERA vs. Dan Haren (LAD) 4-1, 2.68 ERA
Tuesday – Jacob Turner (MIA) 0-0, 6.75 ERA vs. Josh Beckett (LAD) 0-1, 2.80 ERA
Wednesday – Jose Fernandez (MIA) 4-2, 2.44 ERA vs. Paul Maholm (LAD) 1-3, 4.71 ERA

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