Jul 7, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) throws during the third inning against the San Diego Padres at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves @ Miami Marlins Game Preview: Friday, July 12 7:10 PM EST (Game 99)

The Miami Marlins will finish the unofficial end of the first half with a three game set with their divsion rivals, the Washington Nationals. The Marlins have lost six of their seven games in 2013 against the Nats, but the two teams last squared up April 17th and the Marlins are a completely different team.

Nathan Eovaldi will make his first career start against the Nationals, while Stephen Strasburg will face the Fish for the 11th time already in his brief career. Strasburg pitched seven innings and allowed just two hits on Opening Day against the Fish.

Strasburg has had three bad starts against the Marlins in his career, allowing 18 earned runs in 12 1/3 innings of work. He however owns a 0.21 ERA in his other 43 innings against Miami.

Probable Starters

2013 stats
17/17 Games/Games Started 4/4
106.1 Innings Pitched 24.2
2.45 Earned Run Averages (ERA) 2.55
3.22 Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) 4.16
107 Strikeouts 13
33 Walks 9
Career vs. opponent
55.1 Innings Pitched
51 Strikeouts
2.77 Earned Run Average

Jun 23, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Miami Marlins pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (24) throws during the inning in a game against the San Francisco Giants at AT


Marlins Lineup

Lineup Player Current wOBA Proj. wOBA (Rest of Season)
1 Justin Ruggiano .302 .316
2 Ed Lucas .309 .274
3 Giancarlo Stanton .349 .396
4 Logan Morrison .400 .350
5 Marcell Ozuna .309 .305
6 Derek Dietrich .304 .303
7 Adeiny Hechavarria .261 .277
8 Rob Brantly .268 .291

Bold Prediction: Stephen Strasburg has a dominanting start, completely shutting down the Marlins offense, as he strikes out 11 in a complete game. The Marlins offense can muster only three hits for the game. Eovaldi pitches seven shutout innings before the bullpen allows three runs in the final two frames. Marlins lose 3-0!

Tags: Miami Marlins Nathan Eovaldi Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals

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