Dodgers Go For the Sweep Against Marlins

Los Angeles Dodgers (-235) at Miami Marlins (+214, 6 O/U )

The sizzling hot Dodgers will look for a sweep as they take on the Miami Marlins in a Thursday afternoon getaway game. Left-hander Clayton Kershaw, 12-7 with a 1.80 earned run average in 2013, will be the starting pitcher for the Dodgers in their road matchup with the Marlins. Kershaw has become a dominating machine as he attempts to lock down his second Cy Young Award and become the third pitcher in history to lead the NL in ERA three or more consecutive seasons. 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 outings. “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.”The Dodgers have gone over the total in just 39% of his starts.

Right-hander Henderson Alvarez will take the mound for the home team. Four walks marred what could have been a much more productive last start for Alvarez, who lost to the Giants. He gave up four runs in seven innings. He was hurt by a four-run fourth inning, in which he walked two. 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. The Marlins, 3-6 in his starts, have gone over just 38% of the time in those starts. Temperatures are expected to be around 87°F at game time tonight. Humidity will be at 70%.

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Los Angeles Dodgers versus Alvarez: 23 years old right-hander, 6’1” 195 pounds. Throws:

Finesse Pitcher

Runs per game (league ranking), 29 (3.37 per game) : Home Runs, 26 (20 HRs)

    Bat Ave, 15 (.250) : OB%, 7 (.327) : Slugging, 28 (.362)

      Walks, 7 (3.5 per game) : Strikeouts, 25 (6.8) : Stolen Bases, 23 (11 SBs)

      Last seven games, 22 (.678 OPS) : Last 14 games, 4 (.787 OPS) : Last 28 games, 5 (.751 OPS)

        Versus Righties, 12 (.732 OPS) : Versus lefties, 13 (.712 OPS)

          Home, 21 (.697 OPS) : Away, 3 (.753 OPS)

            1st Inning Production, 21 (.695 OPS)

              Facing a Power Pitcher, 7 (.695 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 15 (.743 OPS)

                Facing a fly ball pitcher, 10 (.746 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 9 (.733 OPS)

                  Run Production at Night, 7 (.737 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 17 (.694 OPS)

                    First five innings, 11 (.738 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 13 (.695 OPS)

                      Miami Marlins versus Kershaw: 25 years old left-hander, 6’3” 215 pounds. Throws: fastball, slider, curve, changeup

                      Power Pitcher

                      Runs per game (league ranking), 30 (2.79 per game) : Home Runs, 30 (13 HRs)

                        Bat Ave, 29 (.229) : OB%, 29 (.288) : Slugging, 30 (.315)

                          Walks, 27 (2.6 per game) : Strikeouts, 22 (6.8) : Stolen Bases, 14 (14 SBs)

                          Last seven games, 14 (.730 OPS) : Last 14 games, 30 (.621 OPS) : Last 28 games, 29 (.618 OPS)

                            Versus Righties, 30 (.619 OPS) : Versus lefties, 30 (.634 OPS)

                              Home, 30 (.635 OPS) : Away, 30 (.612 OPS)

                                1st Inning Production, 27 (.661 OPS)

                                  Facing a Power Pitcher, 28 (.575 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 30 (.644 OPS)

                                    Facing a fly ball pitcher, 30 (.609 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 9 (.733 OPS)

                                      Run Production at Night, 30 (.597 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 26 (.673 OPS)

                                        First five innings, 30 (.643 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 30 (.606 OPS)