Opening Week 2013: Miami Marlins (0-2) @ Washington Nationals (2-0) April 4, Game 3 4 PM EST


March 25, 2013; Jupiter , FL, USA; Miami Marlins relief pitcher Wade LeBlanc (23) delivers a pitch during the spring training game against the Detroit Tigers at Roger Dean Stadium. Detroit defeated Miami 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins offensive ineptitude has reached all new levels to start the 2013 season. The team has scored NO runs on just seven hits through 18 innings against National pitching. The Marlins will not only be looking to avoid a sweep on Thursday, they will look to make sure they are not the first team in Major League history to get shutout in three straight games to start a season.

Casey Kotchman is expected to be out of the lineup today after he sustained a hamstring injury. The Marlins listed him day-to-day. The team does not expect him to be out for a prolonged time.

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Opening Week 2013: Miami Marlins (0-0) @ Washington Nationals (0-0), April 4th, Game #3 4PM EST

Stadium: Nationals Park

Five-year Run PF*: 1.00

Five-year HR PF*: .99

Stadium Dimensions:

Left field line—337 ft.
Left-center field—377 ft.
Center field—402 ft.
Right-center field—370 ft.
Right field line—335 ft.

*Five-year regressed park factors provided by Patriot here

Projected Pitching Matchups

April 4th: Wade LeBlanc vs. Jordan Zimmerman

ZiPS In-Season Projections

Proj. FIPProj. ERAMarlinsDateMetsProj. ERAProj. FIP
4.134.61LeBlancApril 4Zimmerman3.423.53

Projected Lineup against Zimmerman

LineupPlayerCurrent wOBAProj. wOBAProj. OBP
1Juan Pierre.299.333
2Placido Polanco.313.330
3Giancarlo Stanton.407.369
4Greg Dobbs.281.292
5Justin Ruggiano.322.320
6Rob Brantly.297.307
7Donovan Solano.282.303
8Adeiny Hechavarria.281.292

Prediction: Marlins come out on top in this game, 3-1.