L.A. Dodgers (17-22 SU 20-17 O/U) at Miami Marlins (13-28 SU 16-23 O/U)
MLB: Wednesday May 16, 2018 at 7:10 p.m. ET
The defending NL champion L.A. Dodgers have really been struggling as of late and they recently were swept at home in a four-game set against the Cincinnati Reds. They rank in the middle of the pack in terms of team ERA and runs scored and they sit in 4th place in the NL West. In the last few weeks L.A. has not been getting it done at the dish and in their recent series getting swept by the Reds they only scored nine runs in the four games.
Not much was expected from the Marlins this season, as they are rebuilding and they have lived up to their low expectations. They rank dead last in the Majors in runs scored and they are in the basement of the NL East.
The Blue Crew could use another good start from Buehler
In Game 2 of this series with the Marlins Walker Buehler (2-1 1.64 ERA) gets the starting nod and the Dodgers could use another good outing from their young starter. In his last start he gave up two earned runs on five hits in six innings of work, but the lineup did not help out much in a 4-1 loss to the Reds. The Dodgers had won his first three starts of the season where he totaled 16 innings and gave up only two earned runs. Buehler has struck out eight batters in each of his last two starts and he has yet to allow a HR in 22 innings. His season debut came at home facing the Marlins and he took a no decision after not giving up any earned runs and allowing four hits in five innings in a 2-1 Dodgers win. Justin Turner, who was big in the Dodgers run to the World Series last season, has missed the entire season after a wrist injury in Sprint Training and he may make his season debut in this series against the Marlins. Yasmani Grandal leads the club in both HR and RBI, but he has struggled in May batting below .170.
Smith could use more help
Calen Smith (2-4 3.63 ERA) goes for the Marlins in the first game of this series and could use some more help than he got in his last start. In his last outing he gave up two earned runs in five innings, but the lineup or bullpen did not do their part in a 9-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves. He had been great in his previous two starts, both of which Miami won, where he lasted 12 innings only allowing five hits and not allowing any runs. Smith is dominating righties with them only batting .162 against him while lefties are hitting .292 against him. This will be his first career start against L.A. and overall Miami has lost five of Smith’s last seven starts. Justin Bour leads the club in both HR and RBI, but he is only batting .235 and is hovering around .200 for the month of May. Earlier this season in La La Land the Marlins took two of three games facing the Dodgers.
The L.A. Dodgers are:
- 43-15 in their last 58 games vs. a left-handed starter
- 18-8 in their last 26 road games vs. a left-handed starter
- 45-20 in their last 65 vs. National League East
The Miami Marlins are:
- 1-4 in their last 5 home games
- 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter
- 1-6 in their last 7 overall
The Dodgers are slumping and Buehler took his first loss of the season in his last start. However, he will have a good outing in the Sunshine State in this game and the Dodgers’ bats will wake up facing Smith. L.A. will get the W in this NL match up and get closer to the .500 mark.