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MIAMI — The Los Angeles Dodgers’ chances at a three-game sweep just got better.
The Dodgers, who have won 28 of their past 32 games, lead the majors with a 63-29 record.
In addition, the Dodgers won’t have to face Miami Marlins right-hander Edinson Volquez (4-8, 4.19 ERA) on Sunday. Volquez, who threw a no-hitter earlier this year, is out because of an injured left knee.
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And it’s not like the Dodgers need much help from the opposition. They’re doing pretty well on their own.
“We’ve really hit our stride,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. ‘We knew going into the season that we were the best team, It was just up to us to prove it, and, night in and night out, we’re doing that.”
Meanwhile, the struggling Marlins (41-48) are expected to start right-hander Tom Koehler (1-4, 8.00 ERA) on Sunday against Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill (5-4, 3.69).
Hill, 37, hasn’t been the same pitcher he was when he made six starts for the Dodgers last year. In those six starts, he walked 1.3 batters per nine innings and had a 1.83 ERA.
This year, he is walking 4.3 batters per nine innings, and the extra traffic on the bases has taken a toll on his ERA.
Hill is 1-1 with a 5.84 ERA in three career games (two starts) against the Marlins.
But if you are the red-hot Dodgers, there is plenty of reason for optimism for Sunday’s game.
For openers, Hill was much better in his most recent start July 6 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hill went seven innings and struck out nine, allowing