The Dodgers host the Marlins for three games beginning Monday night at Dodger Stadium, and right from the start they will have to deal with one of the hottest hitters in baseball. Dee Gordon comes to town on fire in his first game against the team that drafted him.
Gordon brings to town a 13 game hitting streak, during which he is hitting an absurd .556 (30-for-54), with 10 multi-hit games during the streak, plus a .583 on-base percentage and .685 slugging percentage during the streak.
But the hot streak doesn't end there for Gordon.
Dee Gordon is 39-for-his-last-78 (.500). Longest .500 stretch: 153-for-306 by Hugh Duffy, 1894. Ichiro went 79-for-158 in 2004.— Trent McCotter (@trentmccotter) May 11, 2015
Gordon has reached base by hit, walk or hit by pitch 61 times, the most by a Marlin through 32 team games since Miguel Cabrera reached base 63 times in the team's first 32 games in 2006.
On the season, Gordon is hitting .439/.462/.537, leading the majors in hits (54), infield hits (13) and batting average, and is second in on-base percentage.
This series will feature three of the top seven OBPs in baseball, with Adrian Gonzalez (.438) fifth and Joc Pederson (.432) seventh. All three, including Gordon, are being paid by the Dodgers this season.
Gordon got off to a hot start last year for the Dodgers as well, hitting .353/.387/.457 in his first 29 games of an All-Star season (with a .417 batting average on balls in play, a figure that dropped to .346 by season's end; to date in 2015, Gordon's BABIP is .491). He also stole 19 bases in 22 attempts by this point last season; in 2015, he has 12 thefts in 18 attempts, but has been successful in all four attempts so far this month.
Gordon has helped Miami climb out of a dreadful 3-11 start, winning 12 of their last 18 games. This is the last leg of a 10-game, 10-day, three-city road trip for the Marlins, who are 3-4 on the trip and have alternated wins and losses throughout the trip, including a loss on Sunday.
Zack Greinke gets the call for the Dodgers, looking to improve to 6-0 on the season. Greinke has allowed eight runs (seven earned) in six starts this season, good for a 1.56 ERA with 34 strikeouts and nine walks in 40⅓ innings. Gordon is 1-for-6 with three strikeouts against Greinke, with all of those meetings coming in 2012.
Time: 7:10 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA