With Clayton Kershaw leading the way, an outstanding stretch by
Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers has been one of the keys to their
Kershaw looks to continue his recent dominance and help the
visiting Dodgers take three of four from the Miami Marlins in
Thursday’s series finale.
Zack Greinke was the latest Dodgers starter to shine as he
allowed one run over eight innings in a 4-1 victory Wednesday. The
rotation has a major league-best 2.58 ERA during its remarkable
44-10 run that has carried Los Angeles (74-52) to the top of the NL
Having bounced back after losing two in a row for the first time
since June 20-21, Los Angeles has a chance to win its third
straight to close out this set behind Kershaw (12-7, 1.80 ERA).
“Kersh is on such another level that if you try to do better
than him, you’re going to get your feelings hurt,” said Greinke,
who matched Kershaw and rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu with his 12th
Kershaw leads the major leagues in ERA and innings pitched (190
1-3), and is second in the NL with 182 strikeouts. He’s also been a
major contributor in the team’s surge, going 7-2 with a 1.40 ERA
while limiting opponents to a .159 batting average over his last 10
The All-Star left-hander fanned eight and gave up three hits
over eight innings in a 5-0 win at Philadelphia on Saturday.
“One thing he does is he attacks the strike zone just pitch
after pitch,” manager Don Mattingly said. “He’s going to be around
it and he’s going to make you hit him, and it’s not like he’s going
to waste a lot of pitches.”
Kershaw has been sharp versus the Marlins (48-77), posting a
1.54 ERA with 25 strikeouts over 23 1-3 innings while winning his
last three starts.
Giancarlo Stanton homered off Kershaw the last time they met on
Aug. 25, 2012, and is hitting .385 with five home runs in his last
six games against the Dodgers.
Stanton accounted for the only run Wednesday with a first-inning
homer, but Miami’s defense has also contributed to its series woes
with five errors in the last two games. The Marlins committed a
season-high three errors Wednesday, two coming in the Dodgers’
“We can’t make a lot of mistakes, especially against such a good
team,” manager Mike Redmond said.
Miami hopes to avoid its fifth loss in seven games by giving the
ball to right-hander Henderson Alvarez (2-2, 3.41), who looks to
earn his first victory since July 31.
Since going 2-0 with a 1.33 ERA in his last four July starts,
Alvarez is 0-1 with a 4.95 ERA in three August outings – all Miami
losses. He allowed four walks and four runs over seven innings in a
6-4 loss to San Francisco on Saturday.
Alvarez has never faced the Dodgers, though Adrian Gonzalez went
5 for 13 with a home run and five RBIs in this matchup when the two
played in the AL.
Juan Uribe is expected to return to the lineup after being used
as a pinch-hitter and late defensive replacement. The red-hot third
baseman is 18 for 37 over his last 12 games overall and 10 for 15
in his last seven against the Marlins.
Yasiel Puig appeared to tweak his lower left leg Wednesday and
limped slightly at times but stayed in the game. He’s 4 for 30 over
his last seven contests.