Dodgers @ Marlins August 14, 2019: Kershaw vs. Hernandez

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The Dodger dongs were flying out of Marlins Park on Tuesday night. Now the Dodgers (80-41) go for their fourth straight victory and the series win against the Marlins (44-74) Wednesday in game two of three in Miami. They’ve won 11 of their last 13 games.

Dodgers
Marlins
4:10 p.m.
Miami
RF
Pederson
SS
Berti
2B
Muncy
2B
Diaz
3B
Turner
RF
Anderson
CF
Bellinger
1B
Cooper
SS
Seager
3B
Castro
LF
Beaty
LF
Ramirez
1B
Rios C Alfaro
C
Martin
CF
Brinson
P
Kershaw (L)
P
Hernandez (R)

Clayton Kershaw (11-2, 2.77 ERA, 3.37 FIP) just missed out on pitching on International Lefthanders Day Tuesday, but a dominant Kershaw start is reason for celebration any day of the year.

Contrary to the washed-up Kershaw narratives, the veteran has the second-best ERA on the team among Dodger starters with at least 120 IP, and he’s third in WHIP (1.04) just behind Walker Buehler. His strikeout rate (25.4%) is up from last season (23.9%), but his walk rate (5.4%) and HR/9 (1.0) are also slightly up. Kersh has been excellent in the second half, going 4-0 with a 1.74 ERA and 11.6 K/9 in five starts (31 IP). In his career, he’s 5-5 with a 2.55 ERA in 12 starts against the Marlins. He’s 2-2 with a 1.85 ERA in four career starts at Marlins Park.

For some reason, old friend Miguel Rojas hits well against Kershaw. He’s 3-for-9 with a homer against the All-Star pitcher, but he’s currently on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain.

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Elieser Hernandez (2-4, 4.94 ERA, 5.67 FIP) is 0-1 with a 7.94 ERA and 1.765 WHIP in two career games (5.2 IP) against the Dodgers. The 24-year old right-hander was pegged with a loss on July 20 at Dodger Stadium after a disastrous relief appearance. He allowed four runs on four hits including a three-run bomb to Matt Beaty in the eighth inning of the 4-1 Dodger win.

Hernandez struggled mightily against the Dodgers out of the Miami bullpen the last time he faced LA, but he’s coming off of one of his best starts of his young career. Last time out, he hurled six innings of shutout ball, allowing only two hits and striking out seven on 98 pitches for the win vs. the Braves. He’s fared much better at home this season (2-1, 3.29 ERA) than on the road (0-3, 7.20 ERA).

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Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor are working their way back.

The Jedd Gyorko era is almost upon us as well.

Another six-dong day sounds good to me. I almost feel bad for Don Mattingly. Almost.

About Stacie Wheeler

Stacie Wheeler
Stacie Wheeler, born and raised in So Cal, has been writing about the Dodgers since 2010. She wrote daily as the co-editor of Lasorda's Lair for five long years, and she has also written for Dodgers Nation, Dodger Blue 1958 and The Hardball Times. She currently contributes to True Blue LA. Stacie graduated from the University Of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in Cinema-Television. You can also watch her videos on her YouTube channel, DishingUpTheDodgers.