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Dodgers Preview: What to Expect in Upcoming Miami Series

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers will kick off their series against the Miami Marlins on Friday at 4:10 p.m./PT.

With the Dodgers coming into this series being five games ahead of the Giants in the NL West and just completing a three-game sweep against the D-Backs, things are looking pretty good for the Boys in Blue.

Dodger history was also made this week as four rookie pitchers, Brock Stewart, Ross Stripling, Jose De Leon and Kenta Maeda, all got the win on the mound for the Dodgers. This is the first time in history that four rookie pitchers got consecutive wins.

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As we look ahead to this upcoming series against Miami beginning on Friday, let’s take a quick look at where the “Fish” currently sit in the NL East division.

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The Marlins were a favorite to claim a NL wild card spot but with the way they have been playing as of late, the chances of that happening now are slim to none.

Nevertheless, this Miami team shouldn’t be taken lightly with many big name players like, Giancarlo Stanton, Ichiro Suzuki, Jose Fernandez, Dee Gordon, and Christian Yelich on their roster. And of course, with former Dodger manager, Don Mattingly, as the Marlins’ head honcho.

Clayton Kershaw is slated to start in game one on Friday in Miami. This will be Kershaw’s first time back on the mound for the Dodgers since June 26th. It’s going to be great to see No. 22 back on the hill.

Although it’s likely that Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda will start for the Boys in Blue in their last two games against Miami, it doesn’t even matter anymore since the Dodgers have proved that they can win with any of their pitchers on the mound.

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Written by Sammy Glantz

Aspiring Sports Reporter// Current Student at UC San Diego
LA Born and Raised. Sports and Frozen Yogurt Fanatic!

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