Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Miami Marlins Preview and Predictions 08-15-2019 in MLB
Not many pitchers would nitpick after throwing six shutout innings, but Los Angeles Dodgers' right-hander Walker Buehler is one of them. Buehler, who is 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA in five starts since the All-Star break, takes the ball Thursday afternoon and hopes to do better when Los Angeles tries for an emphatic season series sweep against the host Miami Marlins.
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"Not as clean, not as efficient as I like," Buehler told reporters after striking out eight - five with runners in scoring position - in the Dodgers' 3-2 loss in 11 innings to Arizona on Friday. "I got lucky and made good pitches and got good defense and got away with it. I wasn't commanding it as well as I'd like to." Left-hander Caleb Smith takes the ball for Miami (44-75), which has lost 12 of its last 15 games after Wednesday's 9-1 setback. Los Angeles (81-41), which has won all five meetings this season by a combined 45-9, leads Arizona by 19 1/2 games in the National League West and shares the best record in baseball with the New York Yankees. Dodgers rookie Edwin Rios was 6-for-22 over his first 13 major league games before going 3-for-4 on Wednesday, including his first two home runs.
TV: 3:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network; SportsNet LA, FS Florida
PITCHING MATCHUP: Dodgers RH Walker Buehler (10-2, 3.08 ERA) vs. Marlins LH Caleb Smith (7-6, 3.71)
Buehler, who allowed four hits and three walks versus the Diamondbacks, has recorded five quality starts in his last six outings. The 25-year-old Kentucky native boasts a 1.00 WHIP and .221 batting average against with 160 strikeouts against 23 walks in 137 1/3 innings this season. Miami's Brian Anderson and Starlin Castro are a combined 6-for-17 against Buehler, who is 1-0 with a 2.12 ERA in three starts against the Marlins after striking out 11 in seven innings of a 9-0 victory at Dodger Stadium on July 21.
Smith lost his second straight start after yielding six runs and 10 hits (two home runs) in 4 2/3 innings of an 8-4 loss to Atlanta on Friday. The 28-year-old Texan was 4-0 with a 3.48 ERA in five outings prior to the mini-slide, and features a 1.11 WHIP and .211 batting average against. Smith lost in his only appearance versus Los Angeles, permitting four runs, two hits and four walks in three innings last season.
1. Los Angeles' starting rotation is 8-1 with a 1.69 ERA and 85 strikeouts over 74 2/3 innings in August.
2. Dodgers 3B Justin Turner has homered in three straight games - hitting four total - and is 6-for-11 with six RBIs and four runs scored during that span.
3. Los Angeles is 20-6 versus the NL East, winning 14 of its last 17 such games.
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LOS ANGELES DODGERS
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- BackEarly Sept | 60-day IL
Urena has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to a herniated disc in his lower back. He is expected to return by the beginning of September.
- ForearmEarly Sept | 10-day IL
Riddle is on the 10-day injured list with a right forearm strain. He is likely to remain idle until at least the early part of September.
- ShoulderQues Mon | 10-day IL
Lopez has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained right shoulder. It is uncertain if he will come off the IL Monday against the Reds.
- FingerProb Sun | probable
Hernandez left his last appearance with a blister on his right middle finger. It is expected that he will take the mound Sunday against the Phillies.
- FingerEarly Sept | 10-day IL
Guerrero was placed on the 10-day injured list with a torn fingernail on his right middle finger and will be out until at least the beginning of September.
- ConcussionMid Sept | 60-day IL
Wallach has been placed on the 60-day injured list with a concussion. He is not expected to return until sometime in September.
- FingerProb Fri | probable
Walker has been activated off the 10-day injured list after recovering from a sprained right index finger. He is expected to return to the lineup for Friday's game against the Rockies.
- Elbowout for season | 60-day IL
Steckenrider is on the 60-day injured list after having his right elbow scoped and is likely to miss the remainder of the season.
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- NeckEarly Sept | 10-day IL
Stripling has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a stiff neck. He is expected to be activated in time for Sept. 1 against the Diamondbacks.
- ObliqueMid Sept | 10-day IL
Verdugo has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a right oblique strain. He is expected to be out until sometime in September.
- NeckOut indefinitely | 10-day IL
Negron has landed on the 10-day injured list with neck stiffness and will miss an undetermined length of time.
- RibsOut indefinitely | 10-day IL
Floro has been designated for the 10-day injured list with a left intercostal strain, and it is unclear how much time he will miss.
- DisciplinaryElig Sept 2 | out
Urias has been handed a 20-game suspension for violating the league's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse Policy. He will be eligible to return Sept. 2 against the Rockies.
- RestQues Wed | questionable
Pollock is unlikely to take part in Wednesday's game versus the Blue Jays due to a day of rest.
- HandProb Tues | probable
Hernandez has been activated from the 10-day injured list where he was dealing with a left hand sprain and is likely to return against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
- ForearmProb Tues | probable
Taylor has been reinstated from the 10-day injured list after healing from a non-displaced fracture in his left forearm. He is expected to be available for Tuesday's game with the Blue Jays.
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