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Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals: Game 152 Thread and Ichthyomancy

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The Miami Marlins will face off against the division-winning Washington Nationals in the first of a four-game series. Brad Hand will take the mound against local high school product Gio Gonzalez.

Rich Schultz

The Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals will battle a few days fresh off of the team's division victory. The Marlins will send out Brad Hand to face local product Gio Gonzalez in the first of a four-game series.

Pitching Matchup
J ERA FIP ERA MARLINS Nationals ERA FIP PROJ ERA
4.51 4.33 4.36 Hand Gonzalez 3.79 3.20 3.17

The Miami Marlins will send out Hand fresh off one of his best starts of the season. He put up six innings and gave up two runs on four strikeouts and no walks in an eventual 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. For Gonzalez, surprisingly this is just the second time he will face Miami this year. The last time he met them, he whiffed five and walked two in six innings while shutting them out on three hits.

Lineup

Today's Lineups

WASHINGTON NATIONALS MIAMI MARLINS
Denard Span - CF Christian Yelich - LF
Anthony Rendon - 3B Donovan Solano - 2B
Jayson Werth - RF Marcell Ozuna - CF
Wilson Ramos - C Jeff Baker - 1B
Ian Desmond - SS Reed Johnson - RF
Bryce Harper - LF Adeiny Hechavarria - SS
Asdrubal Cabrera - 2B Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C
Kevin Frandsen - 1B Enrique Hernandez - 3B
Gio Gonzalez - LHP Brad Hand - LHP

The Marlins are batting Jeff Baker cleanup and Reed Johnson fifth in the lineup. That is a pretty far fall from the normal.

The team is also starting Enrique Hernandez tonight at third base to make up for Casey McGehee's poor performance versus lefties so far this year.

Bold Prediction: Nationals def. Marlins 5-2