The Dodgers got manhandled by Jose Fernandez on Friday night on Clayton Kershaw’s return to the mound in the opening game of their three game series against the Miami Marlins. Fernandez tossed seven shutout innings and struck out 14 in the Dodgers 4-1 loss. Fortunately Kershaw’s return was a success in that he felt physically fine after throwing 3 innings and 66 pitches. The Dodgers never had a chance to win that game unless Kershaw threw a complete game shutout. Not much you can do, as Fernandez is just a very good pitcher.
The most important thing is that Kershaw felt good even if we somewhat rusty. The ace left hander being rusty is understandable considering he had not pitched since June 26. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, the Giants defeated the Dbacks and the Dodgers lead shrunk to 4 games in the NL West.
Tonight the series continues as Rich Hill takes the mound against right hander Tom Koehler. Hill is making his third start as a Dodger. Remember Andre Ethier? Well, he’s back from the disabled list as the Dodgers have activated him today. The club designated Casey Fien to create roster space. He’s not in the lineup but should be available off the bench.
Today, the #Dodgers reinstated Andre Ethier from the 60-day DL. To create room on the roster, Casey Fien has been designated for assignment.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 10, 2016
Dodgers Lineup @ Miami
Rich Hill-2-0 vs. Tom Koehler-9-10
Game Time – 4:10 PM – TV-SNLA
Hill has made 2 starts for the Dodgers and has thrown 12 shutout innings. He’s struck out 11 and walked only 2. Hill has made just one career start against the Marlins and has an 0-1 record with a 13.50 ERA. He’s pitched 5.1 innings against the Marlins. The Fish are just 6 for 31 in their limited time against Hill.
Hill vs. Marlins
The Marlins will counter with Tom Koehler. The 30-year old Bronx native is 9-10 with a 3.87 ERA in 28 starts. He’s struck out 127 and walked 66 across 156 frames. Koehler beat the Dodgers back on April 26 during that annoying four game sweep at Dodger Stadium. Koehler is 3-2 with a 2.94 ERA in 6 career starts against the Dodgers. Koehler usually pitches well in Miami too, as he is 19-20 with a 3.62 ERA in Marlin’s Park. Chase Utley and Justin Turner have both hit Koehler well in the past, but the Dodgers have a .774 OPS against him. Puig is only 1 for 7 but he is back in the lineup in left field batting seventh. Koehler literally throws everything at you but the kitchen sink (no pun intended, ok maybe pun intended) using a 5-pitch mix.
Koehler vs. Dodgers
The Dodgers are now 0-5 against the Marlins and former manager Don Mattingly and it is pretty irritating. I have no idea why the Dodgers can’t beat the Marlins. It would behoove the Dodgers to get it together because they have some tough games coming up in Yankee Stadium against the Red-hot Yankees. Now is not the time for them to take their foot off the gas with 22 games remaining in the season.