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Game 18 Thread: Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals and Icthyomancy

The suddenly streaking Marlins will look to keep the good times rolling against the Washington Nationals.

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Miami has won three straight and hope to make it four in game two of the three series against the team many had pegged as the favorite in the National League, the Washington Nationals. The Fish took game one in the series 3-2 thanks to Mat Latos' pitching and a timely 8th inning RBI single by Martin Prado.

Pitching Matchup

4.67 6.06 6.75 Koehler Strasburg 4.50 3.06 3.14

Stephen Strasburg will go for the Nationals today. The six year (yes, this is his sixth season in the majors already) veteran is coming off of an outing where he went seven plus innings and struck out seven, giving up only one run against the Philadelphia Phillies. The number one overall pick in 2009 has gone 3-4 with a 5.59 ERA in seven starts in Miami.

Tom Koehler, meanwhile, gave up seven runs in only 3.1 innings against the New York Mets, and will be looking to bounce back in a big way to help the Marlins maintain their current winning streak.

Today's Lineups

Yunel Escobar - 3B Dee Gordon - 2B
Ian Desmond - SS Martin Prado - 3B
Jayson Werth - LF Giancarlo Stanton - RF
Bryce Harper - CF Marcell Ozuna - CF
Ryan Zimmerman - 1B Justin Bour - 1B
Wilson Ramos - C J.T. Realmuto - C
Reed Johnson - RF Ichiro Suzuki - LF
Danny Espinosa - 2B Adeiny Hechavarria - SS
Stephen Strasburg - RHP Tom Koehler - RHP

Justin Bour gets his first start since being called up, playing 1st base and batting fifth while giving Mike Morse a day off. Bour put up a .275/.403/.353 slash line in 14 games with the New Orleans Zephyrs before being called up from AAA to take the injured Christian Yelich's spot.


-Marlins hitters come into today with a 22.6% K rate as a team, good for eighth worst in all of baseball. Perhaps related, they have hit nine homeruns to date...with only the Twins and Brewers having hit less. A little more contact could go a long way.

-The Washington Nationals are one of two team never to have made it to the World Series (The other being the Seattle Mariners).

-Will the Koehl Miner dig deep into his reservoir and find success today?

Bold Prediction: Marlins defeat Nationals by a run for the second straight game, 4-3.