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Our Noticias, 9/18/20: Marlins-Nats series preview; ride the wave

The second-to-last weekend of the MLB regular season features five games between the Fish and the reigning World Series champions.

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Nats series preview

Get set for five games this weekend between the Marlins (25-23) and Nationals (18-29). A Miami sweep would essentially lock up a postseason berth, while getting swept would put the club in desperation mode entering the final road trip of the regular season.

Probable starters: Friday early game—RHP Erick Fedde (5.06 ERA, 6.76 FIP in 37.1 IP) vs. RHP Sixto Sánchez (1.69 ERA, 3.26 FIP in 32.0 IP); Friday late game—RHP Wil Crowe (7.50 ERA, 11.03 FIP in 6.0 IP) vs. TBD (expect either LHP Daniel Castano or LHP Braxton Garrett); Saturday—LHP Patrick Corbin (4.10 ERA, 3.88 FIP in 52.2 IP) vs. Pablo López (4.02 ERA, 3.17 FIP in 47.0 IP); Sunday early game—RHP Max Scherzer (4.04 ERA, 3.30 FIP in 55.2 IP) vs. RHP Sandy Alcantara (3.45 ERA, 4.45 FIP in 28.2 IP); Sunday late game—LHP Ben Braymer vs. Castano or Garrett (whoever doesn’t start Friday)

Notable absences: Losing outfielder Adam Eaton (fractured left index finger) leaves a void atop the Washington lineup, though frankly, he was having a terrible season anyway. Outside of veterans Daniel Hudson and Will Harris, the Nats bullpen is hardly recognizable due to numerous injuries. Jon Berti (right index finger laceration) could potentially return from the IL on Sunday.

Ride that wave, baby!

From the creative minds that brought you the Air Rojas t-shirt and the Marlings t-shirt, Fish Stripes and BreakingT have collaborated again on 2020 Marlins-themed merch. We’ve been riding the wave all summer into improbable postseason contention. Now, you can wear it.

Jesús Aguilar has gotten the whole team to buy in to this celebration. Join them from home!

Order now to get your t-shirt in time for the first round of the playoffs.

Walk-off links

  • Current 2020 Marlins playoff odds according to FanGraphs: 72.2%.
  • Special sale from our partners at FOCO. Between now and Monday night, save 40% on four varieties of Marlins gaiter scarfs (linked here, here, here and here) and face covers using promo code Baseball40.
  • Monday is also the deadline to take advantage of special early incentives that the team is offering when you enroll for a 2021 Marlins Membership.
  • Lewis Brinson was interviewed on MLB Network about the keys to his career year and the camaraderie he has with those who have been with the Marlins throughout this entire rebuild.
  • Have you voted yet for Roberto Clemente Award nominee Miguel Rojas? Do it here.

  • Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald details the incredible first month that Sixto has had in the big leagues.
  • Subscribe to the Swings and Mishes podcast on Apple or wherever you get your pods to get the latest episode coming out momentarily featuring rookie infielder Jazz Chisholm.