Welcome to Friday’s Marlins (59-85, -105 RD) vs. Nationals (49-94, -211 RD) game thread.
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Marlins Game Notes
Marlins Starting Lineup
- DH Jon Berti (100 wRC+ this season, 69 wRC+ over last 30 days)
- 2B Joey Wendle (87, 96)
- RF Brian Anderson (97, 81)
- C Nick Fortes (105, 68)
- CF JJ Bleday (82, 61)
- LF Bryan De La Cruz (74, 202)
- SS Miguel Rojas (73, 35)
- 3B Jordan Groshans (211, 211)
- 1B Lewin Díaz (36, 56)
LHP Jesús Luzardo (108 ERA+ this season, career 86 ERA+)
Lineup Changes from Previous Game: Anderson, Fortes and Wendle in, Garrett Cooper, Charles Leblanc and Jacob Stallings out; Berti switches from LF to DH, De La Cruz switches from RF to LF
Additional Notes: Groshans is starting for the fourth straight game to begin his MLB career...De La Cruz has reached base safely in every game he’s played since returning from Triple-A (1.133 OPS during that span)...Anderson (1.783 OPS in 12 PA) and Cooper (1.402 OPS in 12 PA) have the most head-to-head history with Josiah Gray among active Marlins players...Every member of the Marlins bullpen should be available to pitch.
Nationals Starting Lineup
- RF Lane Thomas (101, 150)
- LF Alex Call (99, 124)
- 1B Joey Meneses (145, 123)
- DH Luke Voit (109, 105)
- 3B Ildemaro Vargas (115, 135)
- 2B Luis García (98, 105)
- C Riley Adams (72, 69)
- CF Victor Robles (66, 24)
- SS CJ Abrams (64, 58)
RHP Josiah Gray (77 ERA+ this season, career 76 ERA+)
Notes: The Nationals are in the midst of a five-game losing streak, the sixth time they’ve had a streak of at least that length during this rebuilding season...You’ve probably heard part of Meneses’ backstory by now. The unheralded 30-year-old finally got his shot at the majors in the aftermath of the Juan Soto trade and he has proceeded to emerge as a Juan Soto-like run producer. Meneses has been especially unstoppable against left-handers like Luzardo, slashing .415/.456/.755 in 57 plate appearances with the platoon advantage.
How to Watch/Listen/Follow
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET. Watch on Bally Sports Florida or listen to the radio broadcast on Fox Sports 940 Miami. Out-of-market fans can stream the game on MLB.TV.
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