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Marlins vs. Nationals: Game 2 Thread

After an odd, middle of the series off-day right at the beginning of the season,, the Marlins will go back at it against the Nats.

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Pitching Matchup

Team Pitcher 2016 ERA 2016 FIP 2017 ZiPS Projected ERA
WAS Tanner Roark 2.83 3.79 3.85
MIA Dan Straily 3.76 4.88 4.28

Tanner Roark boasted the lowest ERA on Washington's starting staff last year, impressive considering that staff also has Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer on it. Marlins hitters have collectively slashed .302/.376/.456 against Roark in 215 disparate at-bats since 2013, so it's not out of the question that they find some success today.

Miami's other new starting pitcher makes his debut today. Straily does not have plus velocity, averaging only 89.3 on his fastball last season with the Reds, but he makes up for it with elite pitch movement. He will give up his fair share of home runs but Marlins Park should suppress this tendency somewhat, particularly in comparison to the Great American Bandbox. Time will tell if the gains he made last season were legitimate and could go a long way in deciding the fate of the Fish in 2017.

Today's Lineups

Dee Gordon - 2B Trea Turner - SS
J.T. Realmuto - C Adam Eaton - CF
Christian Yelich - CF Bryce Harper - RF
Giancarlo Stanton - RF Daniel Murphy - 2B
Justin Bour - 1B Ryan Zimmerman - 1B
Marcell Ozuna - LF Anthony Rendon - 3B
Derek Dietrich - 3B Jayson Werth - LF
Adeiny Hechavarria - SS Matt Wieters - C
Dan Straily - RHP Tanner Roark - RHP

Question of the day:

Who will be the first Marlin to homer in 2017?

**Don't forget to place your Icthyomancy picks here before the start of the game!**

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