That the Marlins enter this weekend's series in Los Angeles in last place in the National League East may come as no surprise.
That the Dodgers enter it also in last place is downright shocking, given their offseason full of lofty postseason and World Series projections.
The upcoming three-game set will conclude a three-city, 10-game road trip for the Marlins, who will look to end it on a positive note.
The Marlins arrive in Los Angeles having been swept by the Padres and losing six of their last eight.
Right-hander Jose Fernandez is coming off his first career win -- in which he threw seven innings of one-hit ball with nine strikeouts against the Phillies -- and looks to use that momentum to get the Marlins on the right track.
"I'm basically trying to throw a lot of strikes and make good pitches," Fernandez said. "Hopefully we will have a good result."
While the Marlins enter the series struggling, so do the Dodgers, losers of seven straight. They turn to Matt Magill on Friday.
Magill will be making his third career start after lasting just 1 1/3 innings on Saturday against the Giants. He allowed five runs on six hits, but was better in his Major League debut on April 27, going 6 2/3 innings and allowing two runs on four hits against Milwaukee.
Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp enters the game with just one homer in 33 games. He insists that his left shoulder is fine after offseason surgery and that his power will return.
"It will come back," Kemp said. "I'm just trying to get back to the basics of what made me successful. It's easier said than done. I've got to go out there and slow the game down a little bit and it will all come back."
Marlins: Dietrich called up to play second base
• Derek Dietrich, promoted from Double-A Jacksonville, will get regular playing time at second until Donovan Solano comes off the disabled list. If Dietrich performs, manager Mike Redmond said, it will be tough to keep him out of the lineup.
• Manager Mike Redmond was hoping to give Placido Polanco a day off on Wednesday, but because of injuries, the veteran started his ninth straight game.
Dodgers: Gonzalez exits with injury
• First baseman Adrian Gonzalez left Wednesday's game against Arizona after the fourth inning. He aggravated a mild strain in his left trapezius muscle in his neck.
Gonzalez fell awkwardly in the top of the inning trying to catch a foul ball down the first-base line. He batted in the bottom of the frame -- lining an RBI double -- but did not return for the fifth.
Gonzalez, who leads the Dodgers with 23 RBIs, expects to be ready for the series opener against the Marlins.
"I'll be all right," he said. "I'll be ready to go Friday."
• Polanco is hitting just .245 in his career against the Dodgers. That's his lowest mark against any team (minimum 50 plate appearances).
• This will be the first meeting between the clubs in 2013. The Dodgers took four of six in 2012, including two of three in Los Angeles.
• Kemp has hit only three home runs in his career against the Marlins -- tied for the fewest he has hit against any National League opponent.
William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.