Dodgers Marlins Game Three Preview
By Alex Campos
The Dodgers look to capitalize on a near perfect game in game three against Miami.
That whole Rich Hill trade is starting to look a lot better now isn’t it? Jharel Cotton had a great debut, but Hill has yet to allow a run in three starts and Josh Reddick is finally starting to find grass with his hits. Yesterday’s game was a roller coaster of emotions, but the Dodgers got the win and remained four games up in the west.
Kenta Maeda will take the mound for the 28th time this season. He’s been overwhelmingly good, as a 3.29 ERA/3.58 FIP makes him arguably the most valuable piece of the rotation this season. At the very least, he’s been the healthiest. The Dodgers have done well to give him extra rest, as only 10 of his starts have come on a normal four days. He hasn’t started on four days rest in a month and will be working with five days of rest today.
Maeda is coming off 6.1 innings of one run ball against the Diamondbacks. His first major league loss came against Miami back in April, as he allowed four runs and seven hits in 6.2 innings.
Jose Urena gets the ball for the Marlins. Urena has appeared in 24 games this season, but this will be only his ninth start. Urena moved to the rotation in July, and since then he owns a 4.63 ERA in 44.2 innings. He allowed four runs and seven hits in his last outing against the Phillies.
His first and only career save came at Dodger Stadium back in April. He tossed 1.2 perfect innings to preserve a 2-0 lead, and struck out Yasiel Puig and Howie Kendrick.
Urena sits around 96 with his fastball/sinker, and also offers a curveball and changeup.
Andre Ethier makes his first start of the season, starting in left and batting seventh. It’ll be interesting to see how mobile he is out there. I wouldn’t expect him to have a huge role moving forward, but he gives the Dodgers another solid player and a good lefty bat off the bench.
Justin Turner gets the day off with Kendrick starting at third. Despite catching last night, Yasmani Grandal is still in there today.
In KershawWatch 2k16, Clayton Kershaw reportedly threw his bullpen session and seems on track to start Wednesday in New York. If he can get back to the point he was at earlier in the season, and Kershaw/Hill 1-2 punch bodes well for the playoffs.
First pitch is scheduled for 10:10 PST and will be shown on SNLA.