Jun 23, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) signs a baseball before the game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports
MM: Can you give us a quick scouting report on the pitchers the Marlins will face this series?
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SW: The Marlins may have their best chance to strike in the series opener when the Dodgers send Brett Anderson to the mound. If not, they will then have to face Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke in Game 2 and 3.
Brett Anderson has exceeded all my expectations this season, and he’s been healthy and consistent.
Clayton Kershaw has had a frustrating season, but the ace is still the best pitcher in baseball. He’s allowed some uncharacteristic homeruns off his curveball this season, and hitters seem to be swinging at his first pitch a lot more.
Zack Greinke could be a Cy Young Award contender for 2015. Greinke definitely deserves an All-Star nod for a dominant season thus far. His record really doesn’t reflect his excellent pitching this season because of the lack of run support from his teammates.
MM: How do you see the series playing out? Any bold predictions?
SW: The Dodgers have really struggled on the road this season, so I would be surprised if they could pull off the series win. They came out of Chicago with a four-game series split, and they are 14-20 on the road this year. I think Joc Pederson will continue to impress, and the rookie will hit at least homerun at Marlins Park. I think that the Dodger starters will pitch well, but the offense may continue to struggle on the road.
I say the Dodgers take two of three by squeaking out a close win in one of the three.
That just about does it for our Dodgers series primer. A big thanks to Stacie Wheeler for taking the time to answer our questions, and make sure to check out Lasorda’s Lair for all your Los Angeles Dodgers coverage. You can follow Stacie and Lasorda’s Lair on Twitter as well.
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