Dodgers @ Marlins August 15, 2019 – Buehler and the dong hitters

Bring it back, you cowards! (Via)

The Dodgers are going for a 3-game sweep of the Marlins this afternoon behind Walker Buehler. He faces off against the Marlins’ best pitcher (player?) in Caleb Smith.

 
Dodgers
   
Marlins
 
12:05 p.m.
   
Miami, Fla.
CF
Pollock  
SS
Berti
3B
Turner  
2B
Diaz
C
Smith  
RF
Anderson
1B
Bellinger  
1B
Cooper
2B
Muncy  
3B
Castro
RF
Negron  
LF
Granderson
SS
Seager   C Alfaro
LF
Garlick  
CF
Brinson
P
Buehler (R)  
P
Smith (L)

Buehler will look to replicate (or best) what Clayton Kershaw did last night against the Marlins’ lineup. It was his best outing of the season by GameScore, and it isn’t a coincidence that it came in a game in which he got a season-high 17 swinging strikes.

Buehler is coming off six scoreless innings against the Diamondbacks that resulted in a no-decision. But I’m looking at his previous start against the Padres. That was his complete game, 15-strikeout performance. The Marlins strikeout at the 7th-highest rate in baseball overall at 24.4 percent, and it’s almost a point higher against righties (25.1 pecrent). So, Buehler could be in store for a big day against a Marlin lineup that has struggled to produce this season (75 wRC+ against RHP, 76 overall — worst in MLB).

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I heard a stat on the broadcast last night that the Dodgers’ record for home runs in a 3-game series is 12, set back in 2002 when Shawn Green went nuts in Milwaukee. The Dodgers have 10 homers through the first two games while outscoring the Marlins 25-2. Just because this was highlighted, the Dodgers will probably score eight runs on all singles.

The lineup is a little different today after facing two consecutive right-handed starters. Kristopher Negron and Kyle Garlick are in for Joc Pederson and Matt Beaty. The defensive alignment is a bit strange with Cody Bellinger at first base, Max Muncy at second base and Negron in right field. Bellinger in right, Muncy at first and Negron at second seems to make more sense, but this is an extremely minor nitpick.

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Let’s look at Kershaw’s whiffs last night, courtesy of Pitching Ninja.

That’s nice.

And that’s all I’ve got for ya. Sit back and watch some (hopeful) dominance by Buehler and maybe some big dongs.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.