Series Preview: Washington Nationals


Tonight we start off the second half of the season with a three-game set versus the Washington Nationals. Tonight’s game is the highlight for reasons that you will see quite shortly.

Washington Nationals (39-50) vs. Florida Marlins, July 16-18, Games 89-91

NL East Standings

Tm W L Win% GB
ATL 53 36 .596
NYM 48 41 .539 5.0
PHI 47 41 .534 5.5
FLA 42 46 .477 10.5
WSN 39 50 .438 14.0

Stadium: Sun Life Stadium
Five-year Run PF*: 0.99
Five-year HR PF*: 0.97
Stadium Dimensions:
Left Field: 330 ft.
Left-Center: 361
Center Field: 404
Right-Center: 361
Right Field: 345

*Five-year regressed park factors provided by Patriot here

Projected Pitching Matchups

July 16: Ricky Nolasco vs. Stephen Strasburg
July 17: Josh Johnson vs. Livan Hernandez
July 18: Alejandro Sanabia vs. Craig Stammen

ZiPS In-Season Projections

FIP Proj. FIP Win% Marlins Date Nationals Win% Proj. FIP FIP
4.39 3.78 .542 Nolasco July 16 Strasburg .612 3.22 1.94
2.31 2.87 .658 Johnson July 17 Hernandez .439 4.71 4.03
Sanabia July 17 Stammen .436 4.74 4.44

Projected Lineup

Lineup Player Current wOBA Proj. wOBA v. RHP Proj. wOBA v. LHP
1 Chris Coghlan .323 .345 .319
2 Gaby Sanchez .367 .344 .368
3 Hanley Ramirez .378 .399 .415
4 Jorge Cantu .320 .327 .345
5 Dan Uggla .375 .357 .369
6 Cody Ross .334 .330 .364
7 Mike Stanton
.314
8 Ronny Paulino .313 .302 .337

Notes

- Much of tonight’s notes I will allow The Nats Blog to handle. I did an Q&A with Will from The Nats Blog, which you can check out here.

- I will say this much: I am excited to see Stephen Strasburg tonight. I wish the Marlins had thrown out Josh Johnson to face him, but with JJ pitching in the All-Star Game on Tuesday, that was more or less not going to happen. Nevertheless, we’re sending Ricky Nolasco, our #2 starter and a favorite of mine, so let’s see if we can’t duel Strasburg tit for ridiculous pitching tat.

Bold Prediction: Marlins win two of three games.

Tags: Josh Johnson Miami Marlins Ricky Nolasco Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals

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