With lead-off man Dee Gordon returning to the top of the order and ace Jose Fernandez on the mound, the Miami Marlins look to get back on the winning path and avoid losing their fourth game in a row when they open a nine-game homestand against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday. Fernandez will go head-to-head with Nationals workhorse Jordan Zimmermann.
Fernandez is a perfect 14-0 in starts at home in his career. In his last outing at Marlins Park, he got the win after pitching seven shutout innings against the Reds on July 9.
Zimmermann has struggled on the road this year, giving up 23 earned runs in eight starts this season.
|WASHINGTON NATIONALS||MIAMI MARLINS|
|Anthony Rendon - 2B||Dee Gordon - 2B|
|Yunel Escobar - 3B||Martin Prado - 3B|
|Jayson Werth - LF||Christian Yelich - CF|
|Bryce Harper - RF||Casey McGehee - 1B|
|Ryan Zimmerman - 1B||Derek Dietrich - LF|
|Ian Desmond - SS||J.T. Realmuto - C|
|Wilson Ramos - C||Ichiro Suzuki - RF|
|Michael Taylor - CF||Adeiny Hechavarria - SS|
|Jordan Zimmermann - RHP||Jose Fernandez - RHP|
Dee Gordon makes his first start for the Fish since dislocating his left thumb in a game on July 11.
Meanwhile, the Nationals get two key bats back in their lineup -- Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman.
- Fernandez has a 1.17 ERA at Marlins Park in 22 career starts.
- Can the Marlins provide enough offense to support their young ace on the mound? The Fish have scored three or less runs in seven of 10 games since the All-Star Break.
Bold Prediction: Marlins beat Nationals 4-2