On the second leg of their season-long 11-game road trip, the Miami Marlins (20-18) visit the Los Angeles Dodgers (20-19).
Both clubs have dropped three of four entering the series. The Marlins had won nine of 10 until losing three straight to the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers have won just three of their past 10 dating back to the May 2 series opener in Miami.
Right-hander Tom Koehler, who has a quality start in all but one of his outings, will try to get the Marlins back on track Monday. Koehler’s first 2013 start came at Chavez Ravine, where he allowed two runs on seven hits over five innings for the loss.
Koehler is currently riding a stretch of 15 consecutive scoreless innings, which began in that series opener at Marlins Park. Righty Dan Haren has given up three runs or less in each of his seven starts despite battling through back stiffness. He is 1-6 in nine career outings against the Marlins.
Righty Jacob Turner struggled May 3 in his first start off the disabled list for his worst appearance as a Marlin, allowing six runs on nine hits in four innings. In the club’s lone win of the trip thus far, Turner surrendered just a solo homer to pitcher Ian Kennedy over six frames for the no decision. Right-hander Josh Beckett took the loss in the middle game of the series after permitting four runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.
To close out the series in LA, ace Jose Fernandez will look to rebound from a poor start in San Diego where he lasted just five innings, giving up five runs on six hits. He was in line for the win against the Dodgers in Miami. Lefty Paul Maholm started the game in Miami against Turner. He exited with the lead after allowing three runs on nine hits over six innings. The bullpen blew it before Los Angeles won in the 11th.
The Marlins took two of three from the Dodgers earlier this month. Miami is just 3-6 in Los Angeles since 2011 after going 14-8 from 2004-10.
Here’s a look at the upcoming Marlins-Dodgers series …
SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE PITCHERS
UTL Jeff Baker (Marlins): Although Baker was the final out with the bases loaded in the ninth inning of Sunday’s loss, he went 2 for 5 with a pair of RBI. He also collected three hits Saturday. He has a hit in six of his last seven games after going hitless over 25 at-bats earlier this season.
RF Yasiel Puig (Dodgers): During his current 10-game hitting streak, Puig is 17 for 41 with six runs, two doubles, two homers and 10 RBI.
C Garrett Jones (Marlins): Twice Jones hit hard outs in Sunday’s finale against the Padres. He has gone hitless in seven of his last eight games (2 for 27) with no runs, no RBI, four walks and 10 strikeouts.
1B Adrian Gonzalez (Dodgers): Gonzalez is just 3 for his last 36 with one run and two RBI over his past nine games. He has walked twice and struck out six times. His average has dropped from .313 to .262.
13: Straight games with a hit for Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, a career high
46: Runners left on base by the Marlins against the Dodgers over the previous three games
44: Stolen bases for the Dodgers, which ranks first in the majors
9: Hits in 15 at-bats for Dee Gordon in the three-game series against the Marlins
"I don’t think we managed him. He got on base a lot and got a lot of hits. He’s on fire right now. He’s definitely a guy that we’re going to have to keep in check. He’s kind of the catalyst of that offense." — Manager Mike Redmond on Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon
"I’ve been creating my own messes since I was 10 years old. It’s early. It’s just about understanding those situations. You don’t necessarily have to change your approach to what you’re doing. I feel like maybe in the past I would try to throw that perfect pitch in order to get that perfect double play ball whereas now I’m continuing with what I had success with earlier on in the game instead of doing something totally different." — Right-hander Tom Koehler on working out of trouble and early-season success
"Get better. Pick it up. It’s unacceptable."— Slugger Giancarlo Stanton on dropping three of four to the Padres