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Miami Marlins Series Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers

In this installment of our series previews, Jesse Nadelman takes a look at the Marlins upcoming three-game set with the two time defending NL West champions, the Los Angeles Dodgers, who visit Marlins Park this weekend.

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Los Angeles Dodgers (41-33) at Miami Marlins (30-44)

Friday June 25th to Sunday June 27th
Marlins Park, Miami, Florida
Game Details:

Friday
7:10 P.M. E.T.
TV: FSN-Florida
Radio: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710
Probable Starters:
LAD- Brett Anderson (3-4) 3.29 ERA
MIA- Justin Nicolino (1-0) 0.00 ERA

Saturday
4:10 P.M. E.T.
TV: FSN-Florida
Radio: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710
Probable Starters:
LAD- Clayton Kershaw (5-5) 3.33 ERA
MIA- Tom Koehler (5-4) 3.76 ERA

Sunday
1:10 P.M. E.T.
TV: FSN-Florida
Radio: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710
Probable Starters:
LAD- Zack Greinke (5-2) 1.70 ERA
MIA- Jose Urena (1-3) 4.34 ERA

Overview:

The Marlins will continue their home stand this weekend as the Los Angeles Dodgers come to town. The Marlins didn’t start the home stand, as they would like, after being swept by the St. Louis Cardinals this week.

The Marlins haven’t won a series since their two weekends ago against the Rockies, after dropping series’ with the Reds and Cardinals, and splitting a four-game set with the Yankees.

It’s easy to blame health for the Marlins’ early season struggles, but the fish are getting healthier, with Jose Fernandez and Jarred Cosart both expected to return to the disabled list. Without them, the Marlins’ rotation has been too average, having no starters with an ERA under 3.19.

Both Jose Urena and Mat Latos have ERA’s above 4.33 this season.

The Marlins’ rotation has been middle of the pack in a lot of categories, with a QS% of 53%, which is right round the league average of 52%. They have also pitched 5.7 innings per start, which is almost the same as the league average of 5.9.

The Marlins enter this series ten and a half-games back of first place in the NL East. Many reports have surfaced that if the Marlins continue these struggles, then the club may have to think about becoming sellers at the trade-deadline. The Fish are just 17-20 at Marlins Park this season, and are 3-7 in their last ten games.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will make their first and only trip to Marlins Park this weekend, after they split a four-game set with the Cubs at Wrigley Field this week.

The Dodgers, two-year consecutive NL West champs, have dealt with a ton of injuries this season, but have managed to remain atop the NL West standings, currently holding a one game lead over the Giants entering this weekend.

The Dodgers have lost starters Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu for the season with injuries, both whom had ERA’s below 3.39 last season. McCarthy signed a four-year $36 million dollar contract with the Dodgers this off-season.

The Dodgers have replaced Ryu and McCarthy in the rotation with young pitchers Carlos Frias and Mike Bolsinger.

The offense for the Dodgers has dealt with some disappointments, but LA is still hitting .255/.331/.435, with their OBP and SLG ranking best in the National League. The Dodgers also boast a OPS of .766, which also ranks tops in the NL.

However, Jimmy Rollins, who the Dodgers traded for this off-season, has struggled. Rollins is hitting just .205/.262/.335 on the season, and posts a disappointing -12.4 number of BtRuns this year.

The Dodgers are just 14-20 away from Dodger Stadium this season, and they’ve lost six of their last ten games as they head to Miami this weekend.