The Los Angeles Dodgers are on one of their patented runs that’s got them near the top of the NL West. They entered the series with the Miami Marlins winners in nine straight and were favored against the underdog Fish in Monday’s opener.
So, as the baseball Gods work the Marlins won Monday’s game 5-4. The teams play the third of a four-game set on Wednesday with the Dodgers sending MLB wins leader Julio Urias to the bump looking for his 11th triumph of the season.
This NL matchup takes place on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 7 p.m. ET from LoanDepot Park in Miami. The game will air live on ESPN.
Dodgers vs Miami Marlins Odds
Money Line: Dodgers -163 | Marlins +147 [BET NOW]
Run Line: Dodgers -1.5 -105 | Marlins +1.5 -115 [BET NOW]
Total: 9 [BET NOW]
Dodgers Season So Far…
You can’t win ‘em all, but the Dodgers have won more than their share over the last few months. Since a loss to the Angels on May 9 left them one game over .500, the Dodgers won 35 of their next 49 games to regain their rightful spot near the top of the NL West standings.
Easily the most competitive division in baseball with three teams posting 50 wins in early July, the Dodgers will have their work cut out for them to win another division title. And the recent off-field issues regarding Trevor Bauer will affect the pitching staff. The club was trying to work through the loss of Dustin May and seemingly had things ironed out before Bauer was placed on administrative leave.
While the pitching staff may take a dip with Bauer’s absence it likely won’t be too noticeable. The Dodgers have MLB’s best team ERA and the most quality starts. And when there is a poor outing the offense is usually there to pick things up. The Dodgers average 5.1 runs per game to rank fourth and they are among the top-10 in batting average and home runs.
They’ll be even better as the season progresses now that Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger have returned from injury and Corey Seager should be back later this month. The Dodgers were huge favorites in each of the first four series games but were able to gain just a split.
Marlins Season So Far…
The Marlins aren’t going to scare opponents with their pop-gun offense, but the pitching has been surprisingly good keeping them afloat in the NL East. They aren’t going to win the division since the other teams are better, but they can make the race interesting.
And it’s not often you find a team that’s 11 games under .500 have a plus-21 run differential. Miami got to one of the better hurlers in the majors on Monday scoring four times against Walker Buehler and getting an eighth inning homer from Jorge Alfaro for their second straight victory over the Dodgers. When playing at home the Marlins actually have a winning record moving to 19-18 with Monday’s triumph.
With their pitching staff upended by the absence of May and now Bauer, the Dodgers need Urias (10-3, 3.81 ERA) more than ever. He’s delivered so far with a MLB-high tying win total. There could be some concern from the club since Urias has already more innings pitched than in any of his previous five seasons. Injuries played a big role in Urias not making an impact sooner, but he’s been good in his 17 starts with the team going 13-4 in those games.
Urias had a strong performance last time out allowing only one earned run and three hits over 6.0 innings in a 10-5 win over the Nationals. He’s thrown fewer than 90 pitches in seven of his last eight starts making it obvious that the team is being careful with his workload. It’s a good strategy since the Dodgers have the fifth-best bullpen ERA in the bigs.
Ten different players have started multiple games for the Marlins this season and Don Mattingly makes a point to keep people guessing. They haven’t named a starter for Wednesday’s tilt now that Cody Poteet is on the IL. The club could give Jordan Holloway (1-2, 4.35 ERA) another look. Holloway got the nod five games ago giving up five earned on four hits over 3.0 innings. He tossed a lot of pitches thanks to five walks and five strikeouts.
That was Holloway’s third start of the season after pitching in relief in five games. He tossed 10 scoreless innings in those five outings giving up just four hits. He hasn’t been as successful when getting the starting nod with an ERA over 9.00.
Dodgers vs Miami Marlins Predictions
Our picks: Los Angeles Dodgers / OVER
No matter who gets the nod for the Marlins he’ll be facing a lineup that’s slowly getting to full strength. All Urias has to do is keep the Fish in check, which shouldn’t be too much to ask since they have one of the worst offensive clubs in the majors. Despite their loss in the series opener the Dodgers are playing good ball and taking down the Marlins will only add to their recent run of success.
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