Dodgers Face Struggling Marlins Thursday Night

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Dodgers Begin 10-game Homestand

The Miami Marlins and the Los Angeles Dodgers will meet on Thursday at Dodger Stadium. The Marlins are a team trying to find an identity, while the Dodgers are trying to find some consistency.

Since opening the season with a 10-8 mark, the Marlins have gone 4-17. They endured a 1-7 record during their recent homestand. The Fish dropped two of three to the Houston Astros to cap it. The Marlins were outscored 22-4 in the three games against Houston. They got blanked 3-0 in the series finale on Wednesday.

The Marlins will pin their hopes on the pitching of right hander Edinson Volquez in this game. Volquez has a 0-5 record and a 4.41 ERA this season. In four of his seven starts Volquez has walked at least four batters. Including eight with nine strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings in a 3-1 setback to the Tampa Bay Rays on May 2. He left that contest with a blister.

The Dodgers will counter with Hyun-Jin Ryu. Left hander Ryu has a 4.99 ERA to go along with a 1-5 record this season. Ryu was hit hard in his last outing. It was on May 11 at Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies. Ryu served up a career-high 10 runs on eight hits in four innings.The Dodgers’ lost that game. He struck out four and issued a career-worst six walks on 101 pitches.

Oddsmakers opened the Dodgers as -183-moneyline favorites versus the Marlins, while the game’s total opened at 8.

The Dodgers were a 6-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the San Francisco Giants. That made winners of bettors who got Los Angeles at -178 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

The Marlins were a 3-0 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Houston Astros. That made winners of bettors who got Houston at -150 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.

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Dirty has been an employee or owner of some of the top online sports gambling forums since 1998. He worked at EOG.com from it's inception until 2008 when he left and opened GamblingIQ and then in 2012 opened Handicappers Hidaway. He has written hundreds af articles over the years and always has his "Dirty Dozen" College Football poll up starting the first week of October.
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