Miami Marlins Game Preview: Game 28 at Washington Nationals

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The Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals will finish up their 3-game series today at Nationals Park in Washington. Both teams have won a game a piece, which has helped the Marlins jump off to a 4-1 start against the Nationals in 2015.

Here’s a recap of what’s happened in the series so far:

6. 90. 4. 82. Final

Next: Marlins Blow Late Lead and Game

82. Final. 1. 90. 2

Next: Latos, Marlins Squeak Past Nats

Unfortunately, this will be a game most Marlins fans will not be able to see, as the Marlins will be radio only.

Since I live out of market anyways, I’ll be using my MLB.TV package to watch this game, which tilts drastically in the Nationals favor, based on the pitching matchup.

Max Scherzer, and his league leading 1.26 ERA and 1.88 FIP, will go up against this Marlins lineup:

  1. Dee Gordon, 2B
  2. Martin Prado, 3B
  3. Giancarlo Stanton, RF
  4. Marcell Ozuna, CF
  5. Justin Bour, 1B
  6. J.T. Realmuto, C
  7. Ichiro Suzuki, LF
  8. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
  9. Tom Koehler, SP

Schrezer, who signed the second richest contract of the off-season, will get to face the man who signed the largest contract of the off-season. So far, Scherzer has been worth the money for the Nats, pitching 35 2/3 innings in his 5 starts. He has a 39:5 strikeout to walk ratio, which is pretty damn good.

With a tough right hander in the lineup, Justin Bour will make his third straight start at first base over Michael Morse. The lineup is the same as the Marlins used last night.

Tom Koehler will be on the bump for the Marlins, and his numbers look a lot different from Scherzer’s. Koehler owns a 4.67 ERA and a 4.82 FIP in 27 innings, across 5 starts this season. Koehler’s 18:10 strikeout to walk ratio is also vastly worse than Scherzer’s.

The key for Koehler tonight will be getting through the lineup a second and third time. He has done well the first time through the order, but has imploded as the hitters get a second look.

Here is the lineup Koehler will face tonight:

Hopefully the Marlins can find a way to win this series, but they’ll have their work cut out for them. Max Scherzer is among the best pitchers in all of baseball and that’s why he got such a rich contract during the off-season.

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