Anyone who watched first game between the Dodgers and the Marlins last night couldn’t help but notice the electric atmosphere. It was the perfect storm of story lines converging in one place. It was the closest I have seen to a playoff atmosphere in south Florida since Lebron was hoisting a trophy. The question now remains: Can the fans keep that going? Tonight they will have their first opportunity as the Marlins look to win their 3rd game in a row. Meanwhile the Dodgers are in danger of dropping their 3rd game in a row for the first time since early June.
The Dodgers will look to Chris Capuano to stop the bleeding. Capuano has been hit-or-miss so far this season. in 9 of his last 10 games he has either given up 0 ER’s or 5 ER’s. He currently has a record of 4-6 which is surprising considering the success that the Dodgers have had in the win/loss column this year. Los Angeles has an all-star lineup but their strength over the season has certainly been their pitching.
If the Marlins are going to win the game tonight, they will need to get a solid performance from the young Jacob Turner. Turner is coming off a 6 walk/4 hit outing against the Kansas City Royals a week ago. Turner is 3-4 on the year with a 2.89 ERA and certainly has been a bright spot for the Marlins in this young rotation. Giancarlo Stanton will look to continue his hot hitting of late as he has homered in 2 of his last 3 games.
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Bold Prediction: Capuano’s Jekyyl and Hyde act shows up as Hyde and Capuano gives up 4 ER’s in 5 innings. Turner is better, allowing 2 ER’s in 6 innings. Dodgers rally but it’s not enough. The Marlins bats stay just hot enough to match their longest win streak of the year at 3. Marlins win 6-5!