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Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals: Game 105 Thread and Ichthyomancy

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The Miami Marlins will face the Washington Nationals in a critical three-game series that will determine the team's behavior at the trade deadline. Nathan Eovaldi and Jordan Zimmermann take the mound in the first of the three-game series.

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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.

Pitching Matchup
PROJ ERA FIP ERA MARLINS Nationals ERA FIP PROJ ERA
3.91 3.59 4.20 Eovaldi Zimmermann 3.20 2.90 3.18

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.

Lineup

Today's Lineups

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.

Notes

- 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