Washington Nationals @ Miami Marlins Game Preview 9/6


In his final two starts of the season, Jose Fernandez will be making his second career start against two divisional foes. First up will be the Washington Nationals on Friday night. More than likely, the Marlins will limit Jose to just six innings in this one to ensure he has one more start in 2013.

On the season, Fernandez has been dominant at home, with a 2.12 FIP, with a strikeout rate of over 10, in 84 innings at Marlins Park. Jose missed out on being named the pitcher of the month of August, despite posting a major league best 1.71 FIP in 39 innings of work, striking out 49.

The Nationals will counter with veteran starter Dan Haren. After a rough start to the season, Haren posted six quality starts in eight starts, before having his worst start of the season last time out. Haren surrendered seven earned runs on nine hits in less than 3 innings of work against the New York Mets last time out.

Probable Starters

Aug 31, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Dan Haren (15) throws in the second inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

2013 stats
26/25Games/Games Started26/26
141.2Innings Pitched158.2
5.02Earned Run Averages (ERA)2.33
4.24Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP)2.69
Career vs. opponent
45.1Innings Pitched6.0
2.98Earned Run Average1.50

Aug 30, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins Lineup

LineupPlayerCurrent wOBAProj. wOBA (Rest of Season)
1Chris Coghlan.304.307
2Donovan Solano.276.282
3Christian Yelich.336.319
4Giancarlo Stanton.364.394
5Logan Morrison.333.342
6Placido Polanco.267.280
7Adeiny Hechavarria.259.275
8Jeff Mathis.260.263

Bold Prediction: In his second to final start of the season, Fernandez remains dominant in Miami, holding the Nats to just three hits in six innings of work. Giancarlo and LoMo each go deep off of Haren and Yelich collects another three hit game.