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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.

WALK-OFFS

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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Last Injuries

Miami Marlins

  • Jose Urena

    Back
    Early 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.

  • JT Riddle

    Forearm
    Early 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.

  • Pablo Lopez

    Shoulder
    Ques 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.

  • Elieser Hernandez

    Finger
    Prob 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.

  • Tayron Guerrero

    Finger
    Early 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.

  • Chad Wallach

    Concussion
    Mid 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.

  • Neil Walker

    Finger
    Prob 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.

  • Drew Steckenrider

    Elbow
    out 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.

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Ross Stripling

    Neck
    Early 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.

  • Alex Verdugo

    Oblique
    Mid 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.

  • Kristopher Negron

    Neck
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Negron has landed on the 10-day injured list with neck stiffness and will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Dylan Floro

    Ribs
    Out 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.

  • Julio Urias

    Disciplinary
    Elig 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.

  • A.J. Pollock

    Rest
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Pollock is unlikely to take part in Wednesday's game versus the Blue Jays due to a day of rest.

  • Enrique Hernandez

    Hand
    Prob 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.

  • Chris Taylor

    Forearm
    Prob 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.

miami-marlins Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Bryan Holaday 31 26 86 9 25 4 0 3 9 38 0 13 1 .291 .442 .371
Miguel Rojas 108 101 380 44 110 22 1 4 33 146 6 52 5 .289 .384 .344
Garrett Cooper 87 81 310 47 88 12 1 12 42 138 0 94 0 .284 .445 .353
Caleb Smith 19 18 33 2 9 2 0 0 2 11 0 11 0 .273 .333 .273
Harold Ramirez 85 74 302 38 81 15 1 7 38 119 2 65 0 .268 .394 .306
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Adam Conley 49 0 148 43 2 64 9 3 38 0 0 1 21 859
Nick Anderson 45 0 131 69 1 40 5 3 19 0 0 1 16 766
Tayron Guerrero 44 0 119 40 6 33 6 0 27 0 0 2 33 785
Jarlin Garcia 37 0 113 29 2 29 2 0 11 0 0 1 11 587
Wei-Yin Chen 37 0 162 50 5 70 14 1 43 0 0 0 13 919
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Jorge Alfaro 99 87 0 25 15 8 0 8
Bryan Holaday 31 26 0 18 3 0 0 1
Chad Wallach 19 12 1 3 2 1 0 1
Austin Dean 32 19 0 0 0 1 2 0
Brian Anderson 125 119 0 0 0 6 9 0

los-angeles-dodgers Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Caleb Ferguson 30 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1.000 2.000 1.000
Dennis Santana 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500
Brock Stewart 3 0 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .333 .667 .333
Will Smith 28 24 88 21 28 8 0 12 31 72 1 26 0 .318 .818 .392
Cody Bellinger 124 120 449 101 142 27 2 42 100 299 10 85 5 .316 .666 .413
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Pedro Baez 57 0 165 54 3 35 4 1 27 0 0 4 19 885
Yimi Garcia 50 0 152 51 3 31 13 2 23 0 0 1 12 795
Kenley Jansen 48 0 146 64 3 40 8 0 22 0 0 10 11 806
Joe Kelly 45 0 128 54 2 42 5 2 26 0 0 2 17 753
Dylan Floro 39 0 111 30 2 36 3 3 19 0 0 1 12 603
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Austin Barnes 70 60 2 17 5 5 0 3
Russell Martin 68 42 0 17 5 2 0 5
Will Smith 28 24 0 9 4 0 0 0
Rocky Gale 5 4 0 2 1 1 0 0
A.J. Pollock 57 50 0 0 0 0 2 0