April 26, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Paul Maholm (47) before being relieved in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Dodgers Look To Do Some Fishin’ And Even Series With Marlins


Dodgers Lineup @ Miami-5-3-14

Gordon 2B
Puig RF
Hanley SS
Gonzalez 1B
Kemp CF
Ethier LF
Uribe 3B
Olivo C
Maholm P

 

Paul Maholm-1-2 vs. Jacob Turner-0-0

 

Hopefully the Dodgers will be well rested for game two of their three game series against the Marlins at Marlins Park at Miami. Let’s hope that somebody kept Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford, and Matt Kemp away from the Miami nightclubs. We know how much they love the nightlife over there. Let’s also hope the Dodgers got some sleep, and were safe and sound counting sheep I their beds. Seriously though, keep Puig and Crawford far away from Lebron James.

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The Dodgers will be looking to even the series after losing the first game on Friday night by a 6-3 score. The Dodger bats need to perk up.

The Dodgers will give the ball to left hander Paul Maholm in game two. Maholm was actually pretty good in his last start against Colorado on April 26. He threw seven innings, and allowed just two earned runs on six hits to earn the win.

He hasn’t been very good though. More up and down. He’s been hit or miss. The veteran is 1-2 with a 4.74 ERA in four starts. Maholm’s problem is that he’s just not missing enough bats. In 24 frames, he;s whiffed just nine and walked nine. That gives him a 3.3 whiff per nine rate, which is pretty low. He also allows too many base runners, giving up 28 hits, and posting a 10.2 hits per nine rate.

Maholm has faced the Braves many times, from his time spent with the Braves. Maholm is 6-6 with a 4.12 ERA in 13 starts against Miami. He’s pitched pretty well at Marlins Park though. In Miami he is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts. In those 18 innings he’s whiffed 15.

The current group of Marlins have hit Maholm pretty good though. The numbers don’t look good. The Fish are batting .333 (33 for99) with two home runs against Maholm. That includes a .304 average for Casey McGehee. A  .400 (8 for 20) average for Jeff Baker, and a .533 (8 for 15) average for former Dodger Reed Johnson, who had a pinch-hit RBI single last night.

PA

AB

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS

Casey McGehee

27

23

7

0

1

1

4

4

2

.304

.407

.522

.929

Jeff Baker

21

20

8

4

0

0

4

0

1

.400

.381

.600

.981

Reed Johnson

19

15

8

3

0

0

0

1

1

.533

.611

.733

1.344

Donovan Solano

13

13

2

0

1

0

0

0

2

.154

.154

.308

.462

Giancarlo Stanton

11

6

3

2

0

0

2

4

2

.500

.727

.833

1.561

Adeiny Hechavarria

6

5

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

.200

.333

.200

.533

Garrett Jones

3

3

1

0

0

1

1

0

1

.333

.333

1.333

1.667

Ed Lucas

3

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.333

.333

.333

.667

Marcell Ozuna

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

.000

.000

.000

Jarrod Saltalamacchia

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.500

.667

.500

1.167

Nathan Eovaldi

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

.000

.000

.000

Jeff Mathis

2

2

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.500

.500

.500

1.000

Kevin Slowey

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

.000

.000

.000

Total

115

99

33

9

2

2

12

11

14

.333

.412

.525

.938

 

The Fish will counter with Jacob Turner. The 22-year old right hander was originally drafted by the Tigers, and was involved in the Anibal Sanchez, Omar Infante trade. Turner is in his third season with the Marlins. Last year he was 3-8 with a 3.74 ERA. He started 20 games, and didn’t strike many guys out. This year he’s gotten off to a really bad start. He’s only made one start this year because of a shoulder strain. In that lone start on April 3, he gave up five earned runs on eight hits in six frames in a no-decision. He’s only faced the Dodgers once. In that game he allowed four runs on ten hits in five innings. He also walked five in that game.

The scouting report says he throws a four-seam fastball, a sinking two-seamer. He has a curve, slider, and a change-up. He usually uses his curve with two strikes. Or so it says.

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The Dodgers are hitting .438 against him though. So there is that.

PA

AB

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

Carl Crawford

3

3

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.333

.333

.333

Andre Ethier

3

2

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

1.000

1.000

1.000

Adrian Gonzalez

3

3

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

.667

.667

1.000

Hanley Ramirez

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

Juan Uribe

3

3

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.667

.667

.667

Paul Maholm

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

Total

17

16

7

1

0

0

2

1

0

.438

.471

.500

 

I would like to see Ethier in the lineup tonight, instead of Crawford. He’s been horrendous at the plate this year, and after another ohfer last night, his average is now at .188. He’s seriously becoming unplayable.

Oh and we still don’t know who’s pitching on Sunday. I’m sure that mystery will be revealed soon.

You can catch Saturday night’s game at 4:10 PM. Jump back over here afterwards for a nice funny little recap. Let’s even this series up boys, shall we?

Go Blue!

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