August 9, 2022

Washington Nationals vs Miami Marlins Series Preview

Fresh off a 2-3 series win over the New York Mets, the Washington Nationals will finish off the regular season with a 4-games series against the Miami Marlins.

Teams

Washington Nationals (95-63, 1st in NL East) vs Miami Marlins (76-82, 4th in NL East)

Schedule

Game 1: Friday, Sept. 26 @ 1:05 PM EST

Game 2: Friday, Sept. 26 @ 7:05 PM EST

Game 3: Saturday, Sept. 27 @ 4:05 PM EST

Game 4: Sunday, Sept. 28 @ 1:35 PM EST

Probable Pitchers (Season Stats; Career vs Opponent)

Game 1: Doug Fister (15-6, 2.55; 1-0, 1.72) vs Jarred Cosart (4-3, 2.29; 0-1, 3.65)

Game 2: Taylor Hill (First Career Start) vs Andrew Heaney (0-3, 5.33; 0-0, 0.00, 3 IP)

Game 3: Stephen Strasburg (13-11, 3.23; 8-5, 3.66) vs Nathan Eovaldi (6-13, 4.44; 2-3, 5.23)

Game 4: Jordan Zimmermann (13-5, 2.78; 6-3, 3.68) vs Henderson Alvarez (12-6, 2.70; 1-3, 2.61)

Players to Watch:

Washington:

  • Denard Span: .300 BA, .353 OBP, 38 doubles, 37 HR, 31 SB, 180 H
  • Anthony Rendon: .288 BA, .472 SLG, 39 doubles, 20 HR, 82 RBI, 110 R
  • Jayson Werth: .287 BA, .390 OBP, 36 doubles, 16 HR, 81 RBI
  • Adam LaRoche: .258 BA, .458 OBP, 19 doubles, 26 HR, 91 RBI

Miami:

  • Christian Yelich: .290 BA, .368 OBP, 164 H, 30 doubles, 54 RBI, 21 SB
  • Casey McGehee: .288 BA, 173 H, 29 doubles, 74 RBI
  • Adeiny Hechavarria: .276 BA, 19 doubles, 10 triples, 32 RBI
  • Marcell Ozuna: .269 BA, .455 SLG, 26 doubles, 23 HR, 85 RBI

Notables on the Injury Report

Washington:

  • Denard Span is listed as day-to-day, but CSN reports he’ll play against Miami.
  • Jordan Zimmermann has a banged up shoulder after being hit with a line drive, but all signs point to him being a go for the season finale.
  • Ryan Zimmerman continues to recover from a hamstring injury. Against the Mets, he had at least one at-bat each, including a 1-for-4 effort in the day-game of the Thursday double-header.

Miami:

  • Obviously, the most notable player here is Giancarlo Stanton. After being hit in the face with a pitch, he’s out for the season.
  • Marcell Ozuna is also out with an ankle sprain that he suffered just last week.

Series Notes

This will be the final series of the season for both and the sixth one that they’ve played overall. Washington holds a 10-5 advantage over the Marlins this season, including a four-game sweep just a week ago.

Make note of Game 2’s starter: Taylor Hill. He’s made two appearances for the Nationals out of the bullpen, but this will be his first start. In 24 starts at triple-A this season, he’s 11-7 with a 2.81 ERA and 86 strike outs. 

With four games left, the Nationals have a 2.5 game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League standings. Having already locked up home field advantage for the NLDS, the Nationals need just one win to lock up home field advantage until the World Series. 

Be sure to take note of the Friday schedule. For the second consecutive day, the Nationals will be playing a day-night double header. Friday afternoon’s game is the makeup of a May 27 rainout. Like Thursday, Game 1 will be at 1:05 while Game 2 will begin at 7:05. 

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Brian Skinnell is a sports writer born and raised in the Washington, D.C.-metro area and covers the Washington Nationals, Wizards and MiLB for District Sports Page. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+!

About Brian Skinnell

Brian Skinnell is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Nationals and college football. He is a born-and-raised follower of Washington, D.C. sports, “The” Ohio State Buckeyes and auto racing. A graduate of Shepherd University in December of 2014, he has a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a Concentration in Sports Communications. Prior to joining District Sports Page (for his second stint), he spent time with Rant Sports, Yahoo Sports and the Washington Redskins. For his day job, he is an Editor for Team Velocity Marketing. Follow him on Twitter @Brian_Skinnell.

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