Wednesday, May 29, 2024

MLB Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers (84-53) at Miami Marlins (71-67)



  • In his sixth start for the Blue Crew on August 31 against the Braves, he tossed 4.1 innings, giving up seven hits, seven runs, three home runs, and two walks while punching out one in the loss…was traded from the White Sox alongside teammate Joe Kelly on July 28. Over 27 starts, the Indiana native owns a 10-10 record with a 5.81 ERA (100 ER/155.0 IP) with 171 strikeouts against 53 walks and has generated a 1.40 WHIP. Tossed a career-high 16 strikeouts on June 18 against Seattle. Since joining the Dodgers, he is 4-1 with a 3.57 ERA (14 ER/35.1 IP) and 27 strikeouts against eight walks. Notched his first win of the season on May 5 against Cincinnati, spinning 6.2 innings and giving up eight hits, four runs, a homer and eight strikeouts. Pitched in four spring training games with the White Sox, going 2-0 with a 1.09 ERA (7 ER/14.2 IP)


  • Will face Miami for the 10th time in his career…is 4- 2 with a 4.35 ERA (20 ER/41.1 IP) and 46 strikeouts against 19 walks. Last faced the club on 8/22/18 with the Yankees, spinning 5.1 innings and giving up nine hits, five runs and one walk while striking out six in the loss


The Marlins today play the second of three games vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers. The club then heads back out on the road to visit Philadelphia (Sept. 8-10), and Milwaukee (Sept. 11-14). Miami returns home following a one-city road trip that saw the Marlins record a four-game sweep over the Nationals. Following an off-day yesterday, the Marlins will play 16 straight games before their next day off on September 21.

The Marlins, who are just 0.5 game back of the final NL Wild Card spot, entered September with a .500 or better record for the 1st time in a full season since 2016, and 8th time overall in club history. With last night’s win, the Marlins are 4 games over .500 in September of a full season for the first time since 2010. Have not reached 5 games over in Sept. since 2009.

Since moving to loanDepot park, Miami is 15-19 vs. the Dodgers in home games, having won 4 of 10 home series. The last series win at loanDepot park was in 2021, when Miami took 3 of 4.


  • The Marlins are in the midst of a 5-game winning streak, marking their longest since June 24-29, 2023. The longest win streak of the season was 6, done from June 2-7.
  • Miami ranks 2nd in the NL with a .260 batting average (6th in the Majors), behind Atlanta (.275) and Philadelphia and ranks 3rd in the NL with 1,220 hits.
  • With 52 games of 10+ hits, the Marlins rank 4th in the NL, behind Atlanta (62), St. Louis (54) and Philadelphia (53).
  • The Marlins pitching staff ranks 2nd in the NL with 1,278 strikeouts (5th-most in Majors behind MIN, TOR, ATL and CWS). Miami established a club record last year with 1,437 strikeouts. The Marlins have never led the NL in strikeouts in a season.

The Marlins took the series opener 6-3 over the Dodgers on Tuesday night. LHP Jesus Luzardo held the NL-West leading Dodgers to just 2 runs over 6.0 innings, allowing 4 hits with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. Miami erased an early 2-0 deficit on a solo shot by 3B Jake Burger in the 4th inning and 1B Josh Bell’s 2-run homer in the 5th. Entering the 8th tied at 3 a piece, RF Bryan De La Cruz smashed a go-ahead 2-run shot followed by CF Jazz Chisholm Jr.’s moonshot homer as part of back-to-back jacks for Miami. LHP Tanner Scott recorded his 5th save of the year with 2 strikeouts.

The Marlins have scored 6-plus runs in each of the last 5 games, marking the second such streak this season. Matches their longest streak of games this season, with the first 5-game streak occurring from June 3-7 (2 vs. OAK, 3 vs. KC).

The Marlins homered 4x last night to account for all 6 of their runs scored. It marked the fourth time this season the Marlins have recorded 4-plus homers in a game, the most since 2017 (6x). Is just the 8th time overall the club has homered 4x in a game in 4-or-more games, and 2 shy of the club record of 6x set by the 2006 Marlins and matched in 2017.

Miami’s back-to-back homers in the 8th inning last night marked the 3rd such occurrence this season, with the most recent coming on Aug. 14 vs. HOU in the form of back-to-back-to-back home runs (Soler, Bell, Chisholm Jr.).

LHP Jesús Luzardo and LHP Braxton Garrett have combined to go 15-13 with a 3.72 ERA (295.1/122), both making a career-high starts and throwing a career-high innings while the club has gone 36-18 in their starts overall. Both have held opponents to 1 or 0 earned runs in 13 of their starts this season – tied for the second-most such starts in MLB behind only SD’s Blake Snell. The Marlins are the only team to feature two starters with at least 13 starts of 1/0 ER. Luzardo’s 6 strikeouts on Tuesday night brought him to 181 on the season, the second-most strikeouts by any lefty in MLB (Blake Snell, 201). His 181 strikeouts also mark the second-most by a left-handed pitcher in Marlins history behind only Al Leiter’s 200 strikeouts in 1996.

The 2023 Marlins are the only team in MLB history to have 4 left-handed relievers with 60-plus strikeouts in a season, is their left-handed bullpen contingent of Andrew Nardi (63 Ks), A.J. Puk (63 Ks), Steven Okert (62 Ks), and Tanner Scott (88 Ks) have surpassed the 1976 Tigers, 2006 Pirates, 2015 Yankees, 2019 White Sox, and the 2022 Rays, who each had 3. The Marlins are also the only team in MLB this season with multiple lefty relievers with 60-plus strikeouts.

LHP Tanner Scott last night recorded his 27th multi-strikeout game in relief, tied for the most-such outings in the National League and the 5th-most in MLB. His 88 strikeouts lead all NL relievers and are tied for 4th in in MLB. Scott is 2 strikeouts shy of his career-high 90 strikeouts in 2022 which rank as the 3rd-most strikeouts by a reliever in club history. Only Robb Nen (92, 1996) and Kyle Barraclough (113, 2016) have struck out more batters in relief.

3B Jake Burger, who Miami acquired at the Aug. 1 trade deadline, is hitting .322 in his first 30 games with the club. Has 7 2B and 6 HR (31 on the year), including his first at loanDepot park last night. Burger joins Luis Arraez earlier this year as the first Marlins to hit .300 and post an OPS above .900 over 30 games since Dee Strange-Gordon in 2015. Burger’s home run last night marked his 5th homer in 7 games vs. the Dodgers this season, the most in MLB. In 10 career games against LAD (2022-23), Burger has hit 7 home runs; tied for the most home runs against the Dodgers since the start of the 2022 season with ARI’s Christian Walker, who has 7 home runs in 32 contests.

CF Jazz Chisholm Jr. hit his 15th home run of the season on Tuesday night, becoming the 6th player in Marlins history to reach the 15 HR and 15 SB plateau in multiple seasons (Had career-high 18 HR in 2021). He joins Cliff Floyd (3x), Derrek Lee (2x), Hanley Ramirez (5x), Gary Sheffield (2x), and Preston Wilson (3x).


  • JT Chargois, 32, will make his second start (36th app.) of the season today. Marks his first career start (second app.) against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • Last faced Los Angeles-NL on May 12, 2021 at Dodger Stadium (w/ Mariners). Tossed a scoreless 1.1 innings in relief, allowing 1 hit and striking out 1.
  • In his most recent outing on Sept. 2 at Washington, allowed 2 runs on 4 hits over an inning (1.0).
  • Made his only start of the season on Aug. 27 vs. Washington, allowing 1 hit in 1.0 scoreless inning as the opener in a game Miami won 2-1.
  • In 4 career starts has a 5.40 ERA (5.0/3) with 4 strikeouts while holding batters to a .286 AVG (6×21).
  • Missed 17 games on the IL with a right rib cage strain from Aug. 4 – 24.
  • Recorded his first career save on May 28 at Los Angeles-AL. Pitched 1.0 inning, and allowed 2 hits.
  • Had a career-high streak of 10.0 scoreless innings from June 19 – July 18 before allowing 2 runs on July 22 vs. Colorado. During stretch held batters to a .097 AVG (3×31) and walked 5 with 7 strikeouts.
  • In 18 appearances (1 GS) at loanDepot park this season, owns a 2.45 ERA (18.1/5) with 18 strikeouts. In 17 appearances away, is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA (15.0/9) and 8 strikeouts.
  • RHB vs. Chargois in 2023: .221 AVG (17×77), .287 OBP, .599 OPS. LHB vs. Chargois: .262 AVG (11×42), .340 OBP, .816 OPS.
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