The Washington Nationals come to visit off the heels of an ugly Marlins loss. As Marlins fans are well aware, nothing beats that ugly taste out of your mouth after some bad baseball like three games against the Nationals, whom the Marlins normally harass. We’ll see if that trend continues.
Washington Nationals (1-2) @ Florida Marlins, April 5-7, Games 4-6
NL East Standings
Stadium: Sun Life Stadium
Five-year Run PF*: 1.01
Five-year HR PF*: 0.97
Left Field: 330 ft.
Center Field: 404
Right Field: 345
*Five-year regressed park factors provided by Patriot here
Projected Pitching Matchups
ZiPS In-Season Projections
|Proj. FIP||Win%||Marlins||Date||Nationals||Win%||Proj. FIP|
|Lineup||Player||Current wOBA||Proj. wOBA v. RHP||Proj. wOBA v. LHP|
|7||Donnie Murphy ||–||.299||.321|
– I won’t be posting in-season wOBA or ERA until a month into the season. I don’t want people reading more into it than is necesary. At the moment, the only thing listed is preseason projected wOBA (for hitters) and FIP (for pitchers) from ZiPS.
– The Marlins will be without Mike Stanton for the series, as he has been diagnosed with a mild hamstring strain. Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that Stanton’s return would come on Friday at earliest. The team is looking to avoid placing him on the DL.
– Replacing Stanton in the lineup is Emilio Bonifacio, which you can clearly see is just a terrible move all in all. I would much rather see Scott Cousins, and I’m not sure why the Marlins wouldn’t either.
– The Washington Nationals pitching staff looks like a bit of a mess. With Hernandez, Marquis, and Lannan, they have three guys who cannot miss bats at all. In the meantime, the Marlins counter with only one starter, Volstad, who struggles in doing the same thing.
– At the same time, the Fish have struggled against Hernandez for some reason. Something about mediocre, slow-ball stuff always used to confound the team’s hitters. No reasoning behind it at all. I suspect a loss to come from game two of the series if at all.
Bold Prediction: Marlins win two of three games.