Series Preview: Washington Nationals


The Marlins are coming off a disappoiting series at Atlanta against hte Atlanta Braves, but they get a familiar foe in the form of the Washington Nationals. The story is as usual: we have traditionally owned the Nationals, and hopefully we can follow up that ownage with a series sweep.

Washington Nationals (56-75) @ Florida Marlins, August 30 – September 1, Games 130-132

NL East Standings

Tm W L Win% GB
ATL 75 55 .577
PHI 73 57 .562 2.0
FLA 65 64 .504 9.5
NYM 65 65 .500 10.0
WSN 56 75 .427 19.5

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

August 30: Alex Sanabia vs. Jason Marquis
August 31: Anibal Sanchez vs. Jordan Zimmerman
September 1: Chris Volstad vs. Scott Olsen

ZiPS In-Season Projections

FIP Proj. FIP Win% Marlins Date Nationals Win% Proj. FIP FIP
3.56 Sanabia August 30 Marquis .478 4.34 6.80
3.36 3.85 .534 Sanchez August 31 Zimmerman .497 4.17 5.85
4.41 4.47 .464 Volstad September 1 Olsen .396 5.15 4.39

Projected Lineup

Lineup Player Current wOBA Proj. wOBA v. RHP Proj. wOBA v. LHP
1 Cameron Maybin .290 .286 .297
2 Logan Morrison .334
3 Hanley Ramirez .368 .392 .409
4 Dan Uggla .380 .361 .371
5 Gaby Sanchez .362 .338 .362
6 Mike Stanton .341
7 Wes Helms .291 .297 .326
8 Brett Hayes .280

Notes

- The Marlins swept the Nationals the last time out, and we’re hoping that sort of result can come up once more this series.

- The Fish will get a chance to face Jordan Zimmerman in his second start since returning from Tommy John surgery. Hopefully, he’s pitching well, because he is an important part of the future of the Washington Nationals.

- Speaking of the future of this franchise, I am disappointed that Nats phenom Stephen Strasburg will have to undergo Tommy John surgery. While I am a Marlins fan, I hope that Strasburg can remain the amazing pitcher he showed he was before the injury. Marlins ace Josh Johnson had some thoughts on Strasburg’s injury and his odds of recovery.

Bold Prediction: Marlins win two of three games.

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