Series Preview: Miami Marlins vs Washington Nationals – August 24/26

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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Washington Nationals Players to Watch

RF Juan Soto

The by-far Nationals best player is Soto, a player who has destroyed Marlins pitching this season slashing .360/.484/.760 across seven games. The 22-year-old outfielder enters play Tuesday with a hit in six of his last eight games.

1B Josh Bell

The Nationals primary first baseman is enjoying a solid first season in Washington after being acquired from the Pirates in the offseason. Despite struggling for the month of August overall, Bell has collected a hit in six of his last seven games.

1B Ryan Zimmerman

Washington’s other first baseman is Zimmerman, who will most-likely get at-least one start during this three-game series. Currently in year 16 with the organization, Zimmerman has posted a .736 OPS with 11 home runs.

OF Yadiel Hernandez

One of the Nationals’ players who has benefitted most from the open playing time is Hernandez. The 33-year-old outfielder is currently slashing .333/.397/.550 with four home runs across his last 19 games.

RP Ryne Harper

Arguably the Nationals best reliever is Harper, a 32-year-old right-hander who is currently in year two with Washington. Across 25.1 innings pitched this season, Harper has posted a 1.78 ERA only allowing a total of five earned runs.

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