The Los Angeles Dodgers will face all-star Sandy Alcantara Sunday at Dodger Stadium as they attempt to complete a three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins.
Alcantara (11-5) has a major league-best 1.92 ERA. The right-hander has held his opponent to one or zero earned runs in 10 of his 24 starts this season, including his most recent start, Monday, when he pitched seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and striking out seven in a 3-0 victory over the San Diego Padres.
Alcantara also leads MLB with 173 innings pitched and in complete games with three. Houston left-hander Framber Valdez is the only other pitcher with multiple complete games with two.
Alcantara was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals as an international free agent in 2013 when he was 17 years old. He made his major league debut in 2017 and was traded during the following off-season to Miami as part of a five-player trade that sent outfielder Marcell Ozuna to St. Louis.
Alcantara will be facing the Dodgers for the first time since July 8, 2021, when he allowed five runs (three earned) and seven hits in four innings in a 6-1 loss. He is 0-2 lifetime against the Dodgers with a 14.81 ERA in 10 1/3 innings in three starts.
Dodger rookie right-hander Ryan Pepiot (1-0) will make the seventh start of his major league career and face the Marlins for the first time. Pepiot had a no decision in his most recent start, where he allowed three runs and three hits in 4 2/3 innings in a game the Dodgers lost 5-4 in 11 innings after leading 2-1 when Pepiot was relieved.
Miami is 14-10 in Alcantara’s 24 starts. The Dodgers are 4-2 in Pepiot’s six starts.
The Dodgers (83-36) have scored a major league-high 632 runs and allowed a major league-low 375. The Dodgers have a 6 1/2-game lead over the New York Mets (78-44) in the race for home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
The Marlins (52-68) have lost nine of their last 12 games. Miami is 27th among the 30 MLB teams in runs with 441.
The game is set to begin at 1:10 p.m. and will be televised by SportsNet LA.
The Dodgers defeated the Marlins, 7-0, Saturday, with Dustin May allowing one hit over five innings and striking out nine, one off his career high in his 32 appearances, in his first major league game since May 2, 2021, when he suffered a season-ending elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery.
Leadoff hitter Joey Wendle singled for the lone hit off May.
Will Smith hit a three-run homer in the first inning and Justin Turner a three-run homer in the third, helping the Dodgers to their 15th victory in 18 games in August and 38th in 46 games since June 29.