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Miami Marlins vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Pick & Prediction AUGUST 21st 2022

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Logo Miami Marlins
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7.5
OPENNER
-195

7.5o -105
CURRENT
-1.5 +125

+148
MONEYLINE
-158

3
SCORE
10

The Miami Marlins will go from one extreme to another Sunday as Cy Young Award candidate Sandy Alcantara takes the mound for the series finale against the host Los Angeles Dodgers.

Alcantara (11-5, 1.92 ERA) will pitch for the Marlins one day after right-hander Bryan Hoeing made his major league debut as an emergency starter in place of injured left-hander Braxton Garrett.

Hoeing's first taste of the major leagues against one of baseball's best offenses went about as expected. The Dodgers scored seven runs in the first three innings -- six on home runs by Will Smith and Justin Turner -- while finishing off a 7-0 victory.

The Dodgers were 2-1 winners on Friday to open the series.

Alcantara last took the mound at Dodger Stadium on July 19 in the All-Star Game and pitched a scoreless second inning with two strikeouts. The Marlins ace would have been a worthy National League starter, but the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw was given the nod instead in his home park.

Alcantara's most recent regular-season start at Dodger Stadium came last year when he was rocked for eight runs on seven hits in just 1 1/3 innings. Los Angeles' Max Muncy hit a three-run home run to cap an eight-run second inning of the May 14 contest.

In three career starts against the Dodgers, Alcantara is 0-2 with a 14.81 ERA.

On Monday at home against the San Diego Padres, Alcantara went seven scoreless innings with seven strikeouts to pick up the win. It was his seventh outing this season of at least seven innings when he did not allow a run.

"We've talked about this a number of times, that the bright spot is that we still compete every night, and it's really the fact that these guys are going out and keeping you in a game on a daily basis for the last three series," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "In general, these guys have kept us in games and given us a chance."

While the Marlins will go with an arm they have come to depend on, it is the Dodgers who will have to see what they can get from the mound. Right-hander Ryan Pepiot (1-0, 4.26) will make his seventh career start and his first against Miami.

In his third stint with the Dodgers this season, after making his major league debut May 11, Pepiot still is working on control issues. He walked five batters in 4 2/3 innings Tuesday at Milwaukee, matching the five he walked at Pittsburgh in his debut.

In 25 1/3 innings this season, Pepiot has walked 20 batters with 29 strikeouts.

Perhaps Pepiot can take a lesson from Dodgers right-hander Dustin May, who returned Saturday after 15 months away because of Tommy John surgery.

May walked consecutive Marlins batters on eight straight pitches out of the strike zone in the first inning, then rebounded to retire the last 13 batters he faced. He gave up one single and struck out nine.

As May spoke to the media after his outing Saturday, when asked about his first-inning stumble, he might as well have been talking to Pepiot.

"I just decided to throw strikes instead of balls," May said, only partially tongue in cheek. "I just kind of let the hitters make their own mistakes instead of me. That's the biggest thing for me is not trying to do too much and just put it in the zone."

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Miami Marlins
5
8
Los Angeles Dodgers

Miami Marlins vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Max Muncy, Joc Pederson and A.J. Pollock hit home runs, while Walker Buehler struck out 11, as the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the visiting Miami Marlins with a 9-0 victory Sunday.

Buehler (9-1) recorded his first six outs via strikeout and gave up five hits and no walks in seven scoreless innings. He won at home for the first time since June 21, when he struck out a career-best 16 Colorado Rockies batters.

Jordan Yamamoto (4-1) gave up five runs on four hits over four innings with two walks and four strikeouts, in his first career loss in his seventh career start. He matched his career high of four runs allowed by the third inning. The loss ended the third-longest winning streak to open a career for a Marlins pitcher.

The Dodgers earned their first three-game sweep since June 21-23 over the Colorado Rockies, also at home. Los Angeles is 6-3 to start the second half, after going 6-7 in their last 13 games before the All-Star break.

Muncy gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a drive over the wall in left-center. It was the All-Star's 26th home run of the season and game him one in each of the first three series of the second half.

Pederson's two-run home run into the Marlins' bullpen came in the third inning. It was the 23rd of the season for the Home Run Derby participant.

The Dodgers added a run in the fourth inning on an RBI double from Enrique Hernandez and another in the fifth on a run-scoring single from Pollock. Two innings later, Pollock hit a three-run home run, his sixth. Pollock has 12 of his 26 RBIs since returning July 12 from an elbow infection.

Buehler recorded his third double-digit strikeout performance of the season and the fourth of his career. The right-hander improved to 4-0 at home this season and has five consecutive winning decisions since being tagged with a loss on May 18 at Cincinnati.

The home runs by Muncy and Pederson were the first two Yamamoto has allowed in his career. He was just the fourth pitcher in club history to make six or more starts without allowing a home run.

--Field Level Media

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