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Marlins vs. Nationals: Game 127 Thread

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The Fish swim upstream to the nation's capital to take on the Nationals.

An analogy of the season.
An analogy of the season.
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The Marlins are 3-7 in their last 10, have scored 13 runs in their last seven games, and are seemingly constantly losing players to injury. Perhaps you may take some comfort in knowing that the pre-season powerhouse Nationals have merely managed to stay afloat at 64-62, are continuously entertaining rumors of Matt William's dwindling clubhouse support, and have also been bitten by the injury bug. They are presently 6.5 games out in the division and have to start stringing together wins to keep up with the streaking Mets. Misery loves company, and the Marlins can save a spot on the couch for the Nats if they take this series. Keeping hope alive for the Nationals is Max Scherzer, crushing DC dreams for the Marlins will be Adam Conley.

Pitching Matchup

Record ERA FIP Marlins Nationals Record ERA FIP
1-1 4.88 4.21 Conley Scherzer 11-10 2.79 2.68


Scherzer has been solid for much of the season including a no-hitter back in June, but he's not had a particularly good month of August, going 0-2 with a 6.86 ERA in four starts.

Conley was the tough luck loser on Sunday, only allowing one run on three hits in six innings against the Phillies, though he did issue four walks in the contest.

Today's Lineups

MIAMI MARLINS WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Dee Gordon - 2B Jayson Werth - RF
Ichiro Suzuki - RF Anthony Rendon - 3B
Martin Prado - 3B Bryce Harper - CF
Derek Dietrich - LF Ryan Zimmerman - 1B
Justin Bour - 1B Ian Desmond - SS
Marcell Ozuna - CF Danny Espinosa - LF
J.T. Realmuto - C Wilson Ramos - C
Adeiny Hechavarria - SS Trea Turner - 2B
Adam Conley - LHP Max Scherzer - RHP

Notes:

Race to the bottom: Don't look now but the Marlins (51-77) have company. Beside the Phillies (50-78), the Rockies (51-74), Reds (52-74) and Brewers (53-74) are all staking their claim to that #1 pick in 2016. You may also note that all these teams are in the National League. The worst American League team at present is the Oakland A's at 55-73.


Bold Prediction: Nats over Fish 3-1.