Miami Marlins at Los Angeles Dodgers series primer
The Miami Marlins (15-17) close out a 10-game trip in Los Angeles to face the Dodgers (20-10) for the first time since this past winter's blockbuster trade.
During winter meetings, Miami acquired All-Star Dee Gordon and veteran righty Dan Haren, who will start Tuesday's game, in exchange for right-handed reliever Chris Hatcher, utility player Kike Hernandez. Infielder Miguel Rojas is in Triple-A New Orleans, while the Dodgers dealt top prospect Andrew Heaney to the Angels for second baseman Howie Kendrick. Catching prospect Chad Wallach is in the minors for the Dodgers.
Miami, which lost two of three in Washington during the first leg of the trip, split a four-game set in San Francisco. The Marlins had a chance to take three of four, but closer Steve Cishek blew his third save in six chances. Los Angeles boasts the second-highest winning percentage in baseball and returns home after a 4-2 roadtrip.
Righty Tom Koehler seeks his first win of the month and a bounce-back performance after surrendering three homers to Bryce Harper in a loss last week. After 7 1/3 shutout innings against the Nationals on April 25, he has given up eight runs on 11 hits over 11 frames in two starts. Righty Zack Greinke is 5-0 to start a season for the second straight time and has a 10-game winning streak dating back to last year. He is 3-0 with a 3.97 ERA in six games (five starts) against the Marlins.
Haren returns to Dodger Stadium, where he called home last season (7-4, 3.32 ERA), on Tuesday night. He has been Miami's most consistent arm in the rotation, recording a quality start in four of six outings. Haren has allowed two or fewer runs in all but one, including Thursday in San Francisco.
Right-hander Jarred Cosart would like to have one pitch back from his start against the Giants on Friday. In just four innings, his shortest outing of the season, he gave up a grand slam to former Marlin Casey McGehee. Over his past two starts, Cosart has allowed seven runs in nine frames after tossing eight scoreless on April 27 against the New York Mets.
Los Angeles has yet to announce its starters for Tuesday's and Wednesday's games.
Last season, the ballclubs split six games, but Miami dropped two of three in southern California. Since 2007, however, the Marlins are 13-12 at Chavez Ravine.
Here's a look at the upcoming Marlins-Dodgers three-game series:
SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE PITCHERS
1B Michael Morse (Marlins): Rather than go with the obvious choice in Dee Gordon, how about Morse? His bat heated up during his return to San Francisco, where he won a World Series last fall. After sitting out three games in Washington, Morse went 5 for 14 with a double, an RBI, two walks and four strikeouts in four games by the bay. He produced two multi-hit games after just one over his previous 19 contests.
1B Adrian Gonzalez (Dodgers): Gonzalez is riding a nine-game hitting streak dating back to April 29. He is 11 for 33 (.333) with six runs, five doubles, two homers and 11 RBI during this stretch. On Sunday against the Rockies, he went 2 for 4 with two doubles and four RBI.
RF Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins): Stanton got his first game of the season off on Sunday as he battles through a 4 for 25 (.160) slump during the current trip. He has just one extra basehit, five RBI, three walks and 11 strikeouts over the six games, including a four-strikeout performance on Saturday.
SS Jimmy Rollins (Dodgers): Rollins has the lowest batting average amongst Dodgers regulars at .171. In May, he has no multi-hit games in eight contests with four runs, a homer, three RBI, three walks and seven strikeouts. His average is .133 for the month.
13: Game hitting streak for Dee Gordon, matching a career high
.333: Average for Giancarlo Stanton against the Dodgers since 2010, fourth highest for any player during that span. His nine homers are the most by a non-National League West player.
29: RBI for Adrian Gonzalez, tied with Stanton for most in the majors. He is also second in batting average (.377), behind Gordon.
25: Homers in 234 games against the Marlins for Jimmy Rollins, who spent 15 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. He also has 117 RBI to go along with a .294 average.
"I was hoping (Steve Cishek) would get out of it. It was one of those situations where he got jammed up. He walked the guy (Nori Aoki). It's unfortunate. It would have been a nice win." -- Manager Mike Redmond, to reporters in San Francisco, on Cishek's blown save and a series split
"He made a good play. It was a close play at the plate. I missed it. I was out. It was a big play in the game. You can't second-guess it. It was one of those things. We were aggressive with it, and they got us." -- Christian Yelich, to reporters in San Francisco, on getting thrown out at the plate in the ninth inning of a 3-2 loss. The Marlins led 2-1 at the time.
The Marlins return home for 10 games, beginning with a weekend series with the Atlanta Braves. But first, they get Thursday off following the cross-country trek.