The Dodgers will look to get their offense back on track on Wednesday night, trying to turn their series around after dropping the first two games to the Marlins.
The first two losses each had distinct moments - the foul popup that dropped on Monday, the depleted bullpen, the five straight hits allowed by Kershaw on Tuesday, culminating with Giancarlo Stanton hitting a ball to the moon - but there was also plenty of blame left for the offense as well.
On Monday, manager Dave Roberts said of the offense, "We just couldn't put it together, that's the bottom line."
On Tuesday, after Kershaw had three of the eight total bases by the team, Roberts said, "We've got to get back to swinging at strikes and taking balls."
The Dodgers have scored just five runs in two games in this series, and two of those runs came in the first inning on Tuesday against Tom Koehler thanks to two walks, two wild pitches and a throwing error.
So far this season, the Dodgers just haven't hit at home. It has only been eight games, but so far at Dodger Stadium they are averaging just 3.5 runs per game (compared to 5.46 on the road) while hitting .224/.296/.358.
Howie Kendrick is 4-for-24 (.167) at home this year, but is also just 7-for-45 (.156) overall with no extra-base hits. Corey Seager is 4-for-26 (.154) at Dodger Stadium and Adrian Gonzalez is 4-for-27 (.148), though both have homered.
The Dodger are 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position during this series, and are 9-for-56 (.161/.230/.196) with RISP at home in 2016, compared to 43-for-129 (.333/.399/.512) on the road.
The offense will try to turn things around against left-hander Justin Nicolino, who will be called up to start on Wednesday for Miami.
Nicolino, 24, will make his 2016 debut with the Marlins after four starts with Triple-A New Orleans. In 12 major league starts in 2015 with the Marlins, the left-hander was 5-4 with a 4.01 ERA, with 23 strikeouts and 20 walks in 74 innings.
His 7.6-percent strikeout rate was lowest in baseball among the 186 starting pitchers with at least 50 innings in 2015.
Scott Kazmir starts for the Dodgers, looking to turn things around in his own right. After throwing six scoreless innings in San Diego in his Dodgers debut, the left-hander has allowed 14 runs on 20 hits in 13 innings, including five home runs, in his last three starts.
Time: 7:10 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA