The Miami Marlins face off against the Washington Nationals in the first of a three-game series with serious implications for the Fish. Miami will make a decision on the trade deadline based on this series's results, so there is a lot at stake decision-wise for the Marlins. It will be Nathan Eovaldi versus Jordan Zimmermann in the first game.
|PROJ ERA||FIP||ERA||MARLINS||Nationals||ERA||FIP||PROJ ERA|
Nathan Eovaldi has lost a lot of strikeouts and has not been able to get anything going in his last few starts. He allowed a 6.38 ERA and 4.72 FIP during July, with some extremely poor results on strikeouts. He has allowed six more runs this month than he has struck out batters, making his performance ugly to watch.
Jordan Zimmermann was an All-Star this season, and he is having a worthy campaign so far this year. The last time he faced Miami, though, he went five innings and gave up four runs (three earned) on eight hits in an eventual Marlins win.
|WASHINGTON NATIONALS||MIAMI MARLINS|
|Denard Span - CF||Christian Yelich - LF|
|Anthony Rendon - 3B||Jordany Valdespin - 2B|
|Jayson Werth - RF||Giancarlo Stanton - RF|
|Adam LaRoche - 1B||Casey McGehee - 3B|
|Ian Desmond - SS||Garrett Jones - 1B|
|Bryce Harper - LF||Marcell Ozuna - CF|
|Wilson Ramos - C||Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C|
|Danny Espinosa - 2B||Adeiny Hechavarria - SS|
|Jordan Zimmermann - RHP||Nathan Eovaldi - RHP|
This has become the Marlins' typical lineup over the last week or so, since Jordany Valdespin has taken over at second base and hit modestly. Miami will make no changes behind Eovaldi.
- The Fish will look to break out offensively at home after a road trip full of close wins. Wouldn't hurt to get a blowout here.
- I'll be joining in tonight, who's with me?
Bold Prediction: Nationals def. Marlins 5-1