Series Preview: Miami Marlins vs Washington Nationals
By Matt Melton
After dropping both games at home against the Blue Jays, the Miami Marlins now welcome a division rival to town.
The Miami Marlins enter this weekend series losing seven of their last 10 games, and badly needing wins to avoid falling out of potential playoff contention. Miami now welcomes the Washington Nationals to town, a team that swept them in three-games earlier this season.
The Nationals come to Miami for this important NL East divisional matchup as one of the hottest teams in baseball. Winners in nine of their last 10, Washington has currently won four-in-a-row, and has jumped up to second in the division in the past two weeks, only behind the first-place Mets.
The first pitch times and probable pitching matchups for each game of the series can be found below (Games at loanDepot Park, Miami, FL):
Miami Marlins (31-42, 5th in NL East) vs Washington Nationals (35-36, 2nd in NL East)
Thursday, June 24
First Pitch: 7:10 pm ET
Probable Starters: Cody Poteet (2-2, 3.90 ERA) vs Joe Ross (3-7, 4.54 ERA)
Friday, June 25
First Pitch: 7:10 pm ET
Probable Starters: Pablo Lopez (3-4, 2.86 ERA) vs Jon Lester (1-2, 3.96 ERA)
Saturday, June 26
First Pitch: 4:10 pm ET
Probable Starters: Zach Thompson (1-2, 1.50 ERA) vs Patrick Corbin (5-5, 5.40 ERA)
Sunday, June 27
First Pitch: 1:10 pm ET
Probable Starters: Sandy Alcantara (4-6, 2.93 ERA) vs Max Scherzer (6-4, 2.19 ERA)
Nationals Players To Watch
- SS Trea Turner (#7) – .315 AVG, 11 HR, 34 RBI, 15 SB
- OF Juan Soto (#22) – .274 AVG, 8 HR, 29 RBI
- OF Kyle Schwarber (#12) – .240 AVG, 19 HR, 45 RBI
Key To Win Series: Score Runs
Aside from two double-digit scoring performances against the Cubs, the Marlins have only scored five runs across their last six games. The Nationals are one of the hottest teams in baseball currently, and Miami will need to take advantage of run-scoring opportunities to win this series.
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Pitching MVP: Starting Rotation
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