After losing five straight earlier this month, the Miami Marlins have now won two straight thanks to their 4-1 victory last night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. And even though they are still five games out of that final wild card spot, they still have a chance at the postseason if their bats get hot, several of which have returned from the DL.
Tom Koehler executed six strikeouts in each of his last three starts, and in his last one, against the Cleveland Indians, he allowed just three hits and no runs. He hasn't actually won since August 9th at San Francisco, but that's more a result of the Marlins' weak offensive production than overly dismal performances. In that 2-0 win over the Giants, he went seven innings and allowed two hits and no runs while striking out six. Of course, he's already faced the Dodgers this season, back on April 26th. He went five innings, surrendered three hits and three runs, and struck out three while walking four to earn a 6-3 win.
Rich Hill has only made two starts since being traded to the Dodgers from Oakland because of finger blisters, but they were both wins and he didn't allow a single run in either one of them. In his last, against the San Diego Padres, he gave up just one hit, walked two, and struck out eight. Prior to that, he earned his first win over the Giants, recording three strikeouts while surrendering five hits.
|Team||Starter||ERA||FIP||2016 ZIPS Projected ERA|
|LOS ANGELES DODGERS||MIAMI MARLINS|
|Howie Kendrick - 2B||Dee Gordon - 2B|
|Corey Seager - SS||Xavier Scruggs - 1B|
|Justin Turner - 3B||Martin Prado - 3B|
|Adrian Gonzalez - 1B||Christian Yelich - CF|
|Yasmani Grandal - C||Marcell Ozuna - RF|
|Josh Reddick - RF||Jeff Francoeur - LF|
|Yasiel Puig - LF||Jeff Mathis - C|
|Joc Pederson - CF||Adeiny Hechavarria - SS|
|Rich Hill - LHP||Tom Koehler - RHP|
Prediction: Make it three straight. Fish win 4-2.