Welcome to Saturday’s Marlins (35-40, +8 RD) vs. Nationals (29-50, -112 RD) game thread. No more Marlins off days until the All-Star break—this marks the beginning of 17 straight games.
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Marlins Game Notes
Marlins Starting Lineup
- 2B Jon Berti (124 wRC+ this season, career 102 wRC+)
- DH Garrett Cooper (140, 123)
- 1B Jesús Aguilar (105, 112)
- CF Jesús Sánchez (94, 99)
- RF Avisaíl García (71, 102)
- 3B Brian Anderson (125, 112)
- C Nick Fortes (177, 175)
- SS Miguel Rojas (85, 87)
- LF Bryan De La Cruz (75, 99)
LHP Daniel Castano (164 ERA+ this season, career 128 ERA+)
Additional Notes: Presumably, Wendle will be available to pinch hit in the later innings...Fortes continues to catch all of Castano’s starts.
Nationals Starting Lineup
- 2B César Hernández (84 wRC+ this season, career 97 wRC+)
- RF Juan Soto (129, 152)
- 1B Josh Bell (150, 118)
- DH Nelson Cruz (102, 131)
- 3B Maikel Franco (77, 86)
- LF Lane Thomas (92, 99)
- SS Luis García (124, 88)
- C Tres Barrera (N/A, 102)
- CF Victor Robles (70, 81)
RHP Jackson Tetreault (96 ERA+ this season, career 96 ERA+)
Notes: Tetreault was called up to fill the Washington rotation spot vacated by Stephen Strasburg’s injury woes. The tall 26-year-old relies heavily on his four-seam fastball (59.8% usage) and cutter (28.8%)...Bell has been arguably MLB’s hottest hitter over the last two weeks, posting a 232 wRC+ with more walks than strikeouts.
How to Watch/Listen/Follow
First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET. Watch on Bally Sports Florida—Paul Severino and J.P. Arencibia—or listen to the radio broadcast on Fox Sports 940 Miami (Glenn Geffner and Gaby Sanchez). Out-of-market fans can stream the game on MLB.TV.
Kevin Barral will handle the game recap article.
All Marlins minor league affiliates are also in action. Follow @FishProspects for notes and highlights.