Major League Baseball
Preview
Miami at LA Dodgers
When: 9:10 PM ET, Saturday, July 20, 2019
Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California

The Los Angeles Dodgers' high-powered offense was tamed in the series opener, but the team still found a way to emerge victorious. The National League West-leading Dodgers attempt to clinch the three-game set when they host the Miami Marlins for the middle contest on Saturday.

Los Angeles scored at least six times in each of its previous six games before posting a 2-1 triumph on Friday, recording its runs in the sixth inning on a groundout and an error. A.J. Pollock notched two of the six hits registered by the Dodgers, who maintained their 14-game division lead over Arizona. Jorge Alfaro recorded half of the four hits and drove in the lone run for Miami, which has lost six of its last seven on the road. Harold Ramirez singled and scored for the Marlins, giving him four hits and as many runs over his last three contests.

TV: 9:10 p.m. ET, FS Florida (Miami), SportsNet LA (Los Angeles)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Marlins RH Sandy Alcantara (4-9, 3.94 ERA) vs. Dodgers LH Clayton Kershaw (8-2, 3.00)

Alcantara has lost each of his last three starts, including a turn against the New York Mets on Sunday in which he yielded four runs and nine hits over six innings. The 23-year-old Dominican has pitched well on the road of late, allowing four runs and 17 hits over 20 1/3 frames while going 2-1 in his last three turns. Alcantara, whose last win came on June 21 at Philadelphia, will be facing Los Angeles for the first time in his career.

Kershaw has allowed one earned run in each of his last two starts, including a victory at Philadelphia on Monday in which he permitted four hits over six innings. The 31-year-old Texan has yet to lose at home this season, going 6-0 with a 2.52 ERA, 57 strikeouts and only eight walks over 60 2/3 frames in nine turns. Kershaw has made 11 career starts against the Marlins, going 5-5 with one shutout and a 2.76 ERA.

WALK-OFFS

1. Dodgers OF-1B Joc Pederson is just 7-for-38 this month after recording one hit in four at-bats on Friday.

2. Miami 1B-OF Garrett Cooper has not gone back-to-back games without a hit since May 18 and 19.

3. Los Angeles placed Dylan Floro (neck) on the 10-day injured list and recalled fellow RHP Casey Sadler from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

PREDICTION: Dodgers 8, Marlins 0
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Miami 36-59 L1 18-32 18-27 16-33 7-16 8-6 5-4
LA Dodgers 65-35 W1 38-12 27-23 14-5 19-11 29-15 3-4
Last Meeting
Miami LA Dodgers
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
7/19/19 MIA 1 LAD 2 .133 0 .435 .194 0 .512
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Miami J. Alfaro .500 2 1.250
LA Dodgers A. Pollock 1.000 2 2.500
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Miami H. Ramirez 0 1 0
LA Dodgers J. Turner 0 1 0
Pitching ERA Avg K
Miami 1.12 .133 6
LA Dodgers 1.00 .194 12
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Miami M. Rojas .282 94 .693
LA Dodgers C. Bellinger .333 116 1.122
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Miami B. Anderson 13 38 44
LA Dodgers C. Bellinger 34 77 77
Pitching ERA Avg K
Miami 4.25 .241 823
LA Dodgers 3.41 .263 906