Los Angeles Leads Majors With 83 Wins
The Los Angeles Dodgers look for their third straight win over the visiting Miami Marlins and a sweep of the teams’ weekend series when the teams square off again on Sunday.
Los Angeles easily took Saturday’s contest, 7-0, and is atop the NL West standings, leading the second-place San Diego Padres by 18 games. Miami has dropped three straight and is in fourth place in the NL East.
Marlins Hoping Alcantara Can Slow Dodgers
The Miami Marlins didn’t have much luck keeping the Los Angeles Dodgers offense in check on Saturday, allowing seven runs on 12 hits, two of which were home runs. The Marlins used five pitchers in the contest, so they could use a strong starting performance on Sunday.
Enter ace Sandy Alcantara, who leads the majors with a 1.92 ERA, has an 11-5 record, and is 10th in baseball with 152 strikeouts. Alcantara is coming off seven shutout innings against the San Diego Padres on Monday, allowing just four hits while striking out seven and walking two.
Miami will need some offense, however, so it needs more from first baseman Jesus Aguilar, who is 2-for-16 with five strikeouts over his last five games. Aguilar leads the Marlins with a .235 batting average, 15 home runs and 48 RBIs, adding 18 doubles and 36 runs scored, which is tied for the team lead.
Second baseman Jon Berti had two of the Marlins’ three hits in Saturday’s loss.
Dodgers Get Big Boost from Return of May
As if the Los Angeles Dodgers didn’t already have a wealth of talent, they got back starter Dustin May on Saturday night after he hadn’t pitched since 2021 following Tommy John surgery. May didn’t disappoint, going five shutout innings and allowing just one hit while striking out nine and walking two.
“We have a lot of great guys on this team and a lot of guys who can pick each other up, so I’m just going to go out and do my thing and not put extra pressure on myself,” May said after Saturday’s win. “I’ve felt like myself for the last few (rehab) outings and going into this one it was the same.”
May’s return is timely, as the Dodgers just announced last week that Walker Buehler will miss the rest of the season with elbow surgery.
Rookie right-hander Ryan Pepiot will get Sunday’s start. Pepiot is 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA, striking out 29 in 25⅓ innings. He’s had his troubles in his last two starts, allowing seven earned runs over a combined nine innings, giving up four home runs, and walking eight batters.
Third baseman Justin Turner had a three-run home run in Saturday’s victory.
Marlins vs Dodgers Head-To-Head
The Los Angeles Dodgers are up 2-0 in this season series with the Miami Marlins, with the teams set to play four games in Florida next weekend. The Dodgers are trying to bounce back from a 4-3 season series loss in 2021, as these teams have alternated season series wins over the last six seasons they’ve faced each other (they didn’t play in 2020).
Los Angeles has already clinched its third straight home series win against the Marlins. The MLB lines for Sunday’s series finale are giving the Dodgers the edge for the sweep despite Alcantara being on the mound.
Marlins vs Dodgers Game Information
- Game: Marlins (52-68) vs Dodgers (83-36)
- Location: Dodger Stadium
- Day/Time: Sunday, 4:10 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: MLB TV
Marlins vs Dodgers Betting Lines
|Dodgers||-280||7½ -120u||4½ -115u|
Marlins vs Dodgers Prediction
The Miami Marlins have scored just one run in this series so far, and they’re going to struggle to add to that on Sunday. Alcantara will keep the Los Angeles Dodgers from turning this game into a rout, but they’ll still come away with the victory
When making your MLB picks, take Los Angeles to win at home.