Series Preview: Miami Marlins vs Washington Nationals

Matt Melton
MIAMI, FLORIDA - JUNE 27: Juan Soto #22 of the Washington Nationals reacts after reaching second base as Jazz Chisholm Jr. #2 of the Miami Marlins looks on in the first inning at loanDepot park on June 27, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - JUNE 27: Juan Soto #22 of the Washington Nationals reacts after reaching second base as Jazz Chisholm Jr. #2 of the Miami Marlins looks on in the first inning at loanDepot park on June 27, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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After a 3-1 series loss over the weekend in Philadelphia, the Miami Marlins travel to Washington for three games against the Nationals. This will be the third series so far during the 2021 season for these two teams, with Washington holding a 5-2 record, which includes a three-game series sweep back in early-May.

The Nationals come into this series struggling with a 3-7 record in their last 10 games, as well as a series loss to the Padres over the weekend in which they were outscored 41-20 in three games. Washington also currently displays the lowest run differential in the NL East at -36, as well as a 25-24 record at Nationals Park this season.

Miami Marlins (40-53, 5th in NL East) vs Washington Nationals (43-49, 4th in NL East)

  • Monday, July 19 – 7:05 pm ET – TBD vs TBD
  • Tuesday, July 20 – 7:05 pm ET – Trevor Rogers (7-6, 2.31 ERA) vs TBD
  • Wednesday, July 21 – 7:05 pm ET – Sandy Alcantara (5-9, 3.23 ERA) vs TBD

Miami has struggled against Washington so far this season, but could find some success here offensively with Starling Marte leading the way. Marte is slashing .285/.387/.444 for the season, and is coming off a phenomenal four games over the weekend where he went 8/16 with five runs, three doubles, one home run, and four RBI’s.

The Nationals are lead offensively by shortstop Trea Turner and outfielder Juan Soto, both of whom combined to go 10/23 at the plate over the weekend against the Padres with 10 runs, three home runs, and six RBI’s.

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While the Marlins have arguably already fallen out of potential postseason contention in 2021, the Nationals are still playing to make it to October. While it is unknown as to whom Washington will start on the mound in all three games, their starting rotation is arguably one of the best in baseball which will give us three must-see pitching matchups. The Nationals badly need wins, and I’ll say they get at-least one, maybe two, here.

Series Prediction: Nationals 2-1

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