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Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals: Game 35 Thread

The Marlins start a day-night doubleheader today versus the Washington Nationals, with Justin Nicolino taking the mound.

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The Miami Marlins face the Washington Nationals today in a day-night doubleheader to make up for their lost game on a three-game road set last month that was rained out, The Fish are trotting out their stretched lineup and rotation, including having to promote Kendry Flores to start the second game of the set. However, for today's first contest in the afternoon, the Fish will go with Justin Nicolino to face Stephen Strasburg.

Pitching Matchup
Team Starter ERA FIP ZIPS Projected ERA
WAS Stephen Strasburg 2.76 2.24 2.92
MIA Justin Nicolino 2.79 4.37 4.49

Stephen Strasburg is the brand-new owner of a big seven-year, $175 million contract and is finally getting run results like the ace he has always been. Justin Nicolino has walked more batters than he has struck out. You do the math on the matchup.

Today's Lineups

Derek Dietrich - 2B Michael Taylor - CF
Martin Prado - 3B Anthony Rendon - 3B
Christian Yelich - LF Bryce Harper - RF
Giancarlo Stanton - RF Daniel Murphy - 2B
Justin Bour - 1B Ryan Zimmerman - 1B
Marcell Ozuna - CF Jayson Werth - LF
Adeiny Hechavarria - SS Wilson Ramos - C
Jeff Mathis - C Danny Espinosa - SS
Justin Nicolino - LHP Stephen Strasburg - RHP

Jeff Mathis gets the early game start, presumably with J.T. Realmuto taking the evening game before tomorrow's afternoon contest. The Marlins will get no rest from Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon, Daniel Murphy and company, it seems.


- Can Nicolino put up a good start that doesn't depend entirely on his defense catching every batted ball? He owns just three strikeouts versus six walks in three starts thus far this year.

- Can Marcell Ozuna remain red-hot? He has quietly racked up a 12-game hitting streak.

- Stay tuned for the evening contest as well, as the Fish send Kendry Flores out there for a start tonight. FIsh Stripes will be hosting another game thread directly after this one!

Bold Prediction: Nationals def. Marlins 4-1