While the Dodgers and Marlins are at opposite ends of the spectrum this season, Miami is looking at its four-game series against Los Angeles as a way to grow and improve.
"As you can see, they are such a great team," Miami manager Mike Redmond said. "They're a big test for us. I hope we come out and just play clean games and limit our mistakes. On [Tuesday], we made a lot of mistakes. That's really not like us. We haven't done that very often this year.
"They are going to happen. But against good teams like this, we can't afford to make mistakes. Key is going to be our pitching. The starters, getting us as deep into games as they can, that's always going to be huge."
Right-hander Henderson Alvarez will hope to do just that in Thursday's series finale between the two clubs at Marlins Park.
Alvarez is still looking for his first win in August, even though he's logged at least six innings in eight straight starts. Against the Giants on Saturday, he allowed four runs on four hits in seven innings for the loss.
He'll have a tough task in matching Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, who continues to dominate opponents start after start.
Trying to lock down his second National League Cy Young Award, the Dodgers left-hander could become just the third pitcher in history to lead the NL in ERA three or more consecutive seasons.
Kershaw picked up his 12th victory of the season on Saturday, limiting the Phillies to just three hits in eight scoreless innings. He also struck out eight and walked one.
The lefty leads the Majors in ERA (1.80), opponents' batting average (.182) and WHIP (0.85). He is also second in strikeouts (182) and shutouts (two).
"Kersh is kind of what we're all about," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "What Kersh has done all year to this point really means nothing. He'll be one of the first guys here tomorrow, blow out a workout and be on track to the next one. He doesn't take a hitter off. Every pitch has a purpose. He wants every out he can get. And he keeps turning the page. Everything in the past is over, and it's about today. He's pretty amazing."
Dodgers: Uribe gets breather
• Mattingly decided to give third baseman Juan Uribe a night off on Wednesday.
"Day game tomorrow," said Mattingly, who tries to avoid playing his 30-something veterans in back-to-back night game/day games. "With Kershaw tomorrow, a left-hander, I want Juan in there, and I can't push him to go night and day."
Uribe is second in the league in fielding at his position. Offensively, he's 10-for-17 on the team's current road trip to raise his average to .283, which is second highest on the club for players that have been on the active roster since Opening Day.
Marlins: 'Project LoMo' winners to be announced Saturday
• Miami first baseman Logan Morrison is set to announce the five "Project LoMo" winners on Saturday at Marlins Park.
Active in charitable causes, Morrison will help introduce the five children at a news conference prior to the team's game against the Rockies.
Children from across the country have made their submissions of what they're doing to enhance their communities.
"We're looking to get kids active in their community and make their community a better place," Morrison said. "Whether it is starting a recycling program or raising money for a cause for poverty, or whatever it may be."
• Giancarlo Stanton extended his hit streak to eight games on Wednesday by hitting a home run in the first inning off Zack Greinke. Stanton has three home runs in his last five games.
• The Dodgers are unbeaten in their last 17 series (13-0-4) since losing two of three at Pittsburgh from June 14-16.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.