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Marlins vs. Nationals: Game 37 Thread

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After losing the first two games in heartbreaking fashion, everything came together for the Miami Marlins last night as they beat the Washington Nationals 7-1. Today, the Marlins will go for the series (and season) split as Jose Fernandez faces Joe Ross.

Pitching Matchup

Team Starter ERA FIP ZIPS Projected ERA
WAS Joe Ross 2.29 3.03 3.81
MIA Jose Fernandez 3.54 2.43 2.80

Jose Fernandez's season to date can be summed up with two words: "effectively wild." While he sports an incredible 12.84 K/9, he is currently walking batters at the highest rate of his career (4.43 BB/9). Fernandez is currently underperforming his FIP, indicating he may be suffering from some bad luck.

Joe Ross is the anti-Fernandez. He is currently outperforming his FIP and sports a below average 6.88 K/9. He is an interesting pitcher, as he really only relies on three pitches: a fastball/sinker, slider, and changeup. The slider is his best pitch. Batters are currently whiffing on the pitch 41.28% of the time and generating a hit only 7.5% of the time they face it. Unfortunately for Ross, his other pitches have been hammered, and he doesn't have much variety. Sound familiar?

Today's Lineups

Derek Dietrich - 2B Ben Revere - 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 Clint Robinson - LF
J.T. Realmuto - C Wilson Ramos - C
Adeiny Hechavarria - SS Danny Espinosa - SS
Jose Fernandez - RHP Joe Ross - RHP


  • The Marlins have already faced Ross twice this season, and the results haven't been pretty. On April 10th, Ross pitched seven innings allowing one run en route to a 4-2 Nationals win. In Ross' second start against the Marlins on April 20th, he had to leave the game after two scoreless frames due to a blister on his right middle finger.
  • Fernandez has never lost to the Nationals, and sports a 1.05 ERA over seven starts against them.
  • Giancarlo Stanton has thrived against the Nationals during his career, batting .310/.399/.610 with 25 home runs. He will look to get back on track after hitting only .111 over his last eight games.