Currently riding an eight game losing streak, the Miami Marlins are set to take on the Washington Nationals in game two of the three game series on Tuesday night. Tom Koehler expressed no concerns in opposing Steven Strasburg on the mound, and Miami's offense will try and give Koehler run support after Brad Hand received just a pair of runs on Monday.
|PROJ ERA||FIP||ERA||MARLINS||Nationals||ERA||FIP||PROJ ERA|
In his last start against the Nationals, Koehler was efficient, giving up only two runs in six innings while yielding five hits. He is proving why he made the club out of spring training over Brad Hand, who has struggled in both outings against Washington. The Nationals scored nine times on Monday, and Koehler will look to try and slow the Nationals down offensively.
Strasburg gave up just one run in six and two third innings in his last start against the Marlins. He walked one and struck out 12, capitalizing on a currently inconsistent lineup.
|WASHINGTON NATIONALS||MIAMI MARLINS|
|Anthony Rendon - 3B||Christian Yelich - LF|
|Bryce Harper- LF||Marcell Ozuna-CF|
|Jayson Werth - RF||Giancarlo Stanton - RF|
|Adam LaRoche-1B||Garrett Jones - 1B|
|Ian Desmond - SS||Casey McGehee-3B|
|Danny Espinosa-2B||Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C|
|Nate McLouth-CF||Derek Dietrich-2B|
|Sandy Leon - C||Adeiny Hechavarria - SS|
|Steven Strasburg - P||Tom Koehler - P|
For the Marlins, scoring runs has not come easy during the losing streak. Marcell Ozuna slides back into the number two spot and Casey McGehee is back at third base. The Marlins scored just twice on Monday and have provided little run support for the starters.
Adam LaRoche is back in the lineup for Washington after a day off, and Bryce Harper is starting in left field.
-Can the Marlins end the streak? The Marlins began the year well at home, and there is no better place for them to get back to winning ways.
-How active will the bullpen be? Steve Cishek hasn't thrown a lot recently, but should Koehler struggle, who will Mike Redmond call upon?
Bold Prediction: Marlins def. Nationals 3-1