National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, May 13th
(All times Eastern)
Miami Marlins (20-19) at Los Angeles Dodgers (21-19), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Jacob Turner (0-0, 6.75)
Los Angeles - Josh Beckett (0-1, 2.80)
(SportsNetwork.com) - You'll forgive the Miami Marlins if they're feeling a
So while it's true that they'll head to Dodger Stadium for game two of a
three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night, it's also
true that they'll do so while preoccupied with the fate of ace starter Jose
Fernandez -- who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right
elbow on Monday.
Some reports have indicated Fernandez will need ligament-replacement surgery.
"That's probably what everyone is going to talk about and continue to talk
about," manager Mike Redmond said. "That's a question I don't think anybody
has the answer to. You see how much he means, so much to our team and our
rotation and really all of baseball. He's been a dynamic player. He's been a
huge lift and a huge spark for our team. We just hope everything goes well and
he just has to take a little bit of a break."
Miami will face a former teammate on the mound in the Dodgers' Josh Beckett,
who was the 2003 World Series MVP with the Marlins but has lost two career
starts against his former team while pitching 13 2/3 innings and allowing
The most recent matchup came May 2, when he took a 6-3 loss.
Beckett has gone 14 starts since his last big-league win in September 2012.
He's 0-6 with a 4.12 earned run average since that win, and he's one winless
start from becoming the first Dodgers pitcher to go 15 starts without a win
since Fernando Valenzuela went 19 straight in 1988-89.
In his last six starts, he's gotten just seven runs of support.
In his most recent outing, on Thursday against San Francisco, Beckett was
removed two outs into the seventh after allowing one run.
Miami replies with right-hander Jacob Turner, who's made 16 road starts and
lost all nine decisions.
He pitched six innings and allowed a single run at San Diego on Thursday in a
game the Marlins ultimately won, 3-1, in 11 innings, but still stands at 0-9
with a 3.80 road ERA as he prepares to pitch at Dodger Stadium for the first
On Monday, Yasiel Puig clubbed a go-ahead three-run homer in the fourth and
finished with four RBI, as the Dodgers downed the Marlins, 6-5.
Pinch-hitter Reed Johnson ripped a two-run homer in the eighth to bring the
Marlins within one, but Kenley Jansen retired the side in order in the ninth
to nail down his 12th save of the season.
LA starter Dan Haren (5-1) held Miami to three runs on seven hits over seven
strong frames to pick up the win and added an RBI single at the plate. Andre
Ethier also drove in a run for the Dodgers, who dropped three of four in San
Francisco over the weekend.
Christian Yelich laced a solo shot and scored three times, while Giancarlo
Stanton knocked in two runs for the Marlins, who have lost four straight.
05/13 10:54:37 ET