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Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals: Game 9 Thread and Ichthyomancy

The Miami Marlins will face Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals in game two of the three game series on Wednesday night. Brad Hand will start in place of Jacob Turner.

Mike Ehrmann

Coming off of a loss to Miami native Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals, the Miami Marlins will look to bounce back in game two of the three game series. Brad Hand will start in place of Jacob Turner, who was scratched late Tuesday night because of a shoulder injury.

Pitching Matchup
4.70 3.82 0.00 Hand Zimmermann 1.80 3.42 3.35

Hand will make his first start of the season after he was given a bullpen role as a result of Tom Koehler earning the fifth spot in the rotation. Hand was chosen to start after Jacob Turner's strained right shoulder has led to a stint on the disabled list. Should Hand struggle, Kevin Slowey is a long relief option coming out of the bullpen. Both Hand and Slowey have starting experience.

In his last start, Zimmermann went five innings and gave up a lone run to the Braves. He also struck out nine and walked just one batter facing Atlanta's lineup.

.328 .257 Christian Yelich Denard Span .303 .310
.310 .520 Derek Dietrich Anthony Rendon .454 .344
.462 .387 Giancarlo Stanton Jayson Werth .436 .360
.324 .322 Garrett Jones Adam LaRoche .497 .334
.321 .318 Casey McGehee Ryan Zimmerman .376 .352
.326 .327 Jarrod Saltalamacchia Ian Desmond .308 .331
.326 .399 Marcell Ozuna Bryce Harper .165 .379
.279 .350 Adeiny Hechavarria Jose Lobaton .263 .330

Against the right-handed Zimmermann, Christian Yelich is in the leadoff spot and Derek Dietrich replaces Jeff Baker at second base. Garrett Jones moved up a spot and will hit cleanup behind Giancarlo Stanton, and Adeiny Hechavarria is in the eight spot. Miami's offense struggled to score runs against Gio Gonzalez, and Zimmermann is an essential part of a solid Washington pitching staff.

Against Brad Hand, the Nationals put Anthony Rendon in the two spot with Bryce Harper batting seventh. Ryan Zimmerman is back in the lineup after fighting a shoulder injury.


-How will Brad Hand fare in his first start of 2014? Hand had a successful spring but made the team primarily because he is out of options. If he can keep his pitches down in the strike zone, he should at the very least keep the Marlins in the game.

-Can the offense produce? Gonzalez kept the Marlins off the board on Tuesday night, and with Yelich and Dietrich atop the order, production will be essential.

Bold Prediction: Marlins def. Nationals 3-2