On Tuesday, the Miami Marlins notched 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, and all of the sudden the NL West leaders have lost four of their last five games.
LA still holds a 14-game lead in the National League West, so it’s not a big concern, but the team definitely cannot afford an extended slide down the stretch. The Marlins have been playing great baseball -- they’ve won five straight and are 71-67 -- but they're still a half-game out of the final NL Wild Card spot.
For Game 2 of this three-game series, the Dodgers will give the ball to Lance Lynn against J.T. Chargois. Lynn is 10-10 with a 5.81 ERA in 27 starts while Chargois is making his 36th appearance, (only his second start) and is 1-0 with a 3.78 ERA.
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Dodgers vs. Marlins odds, run line and total
Dodgers vs. Marlins prediction and pick
The rough stretch could continue for the Dodgers. Lynn looked like he fixed his problems when he first got to LA, but that’s not the case anymore. Last time out, he went 4.1 innings and gave up seven runs on seven hits to the Braves. Over his last two starts, he’s allowed five home runs, which brings his total for the season up to 37.
The Marlins are third in the league in homers over the past week with 12, and they hit four on Tuesday night (two off Clayton Kershaw and two off Ryan Yarbrough). Over this week-long stretch, they are suddenly one of the best hitting teams in baseball and Luis Arraez isn't the only Marlin relentlessly putting bat on ball. Jesus Sanchez is hitting .421 over the last seven days with a 1.132 OPS.
Miami is going with a bullpen game against Lynn and the Dodgers. Since the All-Star break, their staff is 13th in the MLB with a team ERA of 4.26, while the Dodgers are sixth in team OPS and fifth in runs scored over that stretch.
Miami’s offense is hot right now and Lynn is a disaster again, so the over is the play in Game 2 of this series even with LA slumping a bit at the plate to kick off September.
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