Preview: After day off, Marlins kick off 3-game set against visiting Nationals
TV: FOX Sports Florida
TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.
Washington Nationals (9-8, fourth in the NL East) vs. Miami Marlins (4-15, fifth in the NL East)
Nationals: Anibal Sanchez (0-1, 4.86 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 11 strikeouts)
Marlins: Caleb Smith (0-0, 2.65 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 21 strikeouts)
Nationals favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 7 1/2 runs
The Marlins are 2-7 against NL East opponents. The Miami pitching staff has a team ERA of 4.95, Trevor Richards paces the staff with a mark of 3.57.
The Nationals are 4-2 in road games. Washington’s team on-base percentage of .344 is twelfth in the MLB. Anthony Rendon leads the lineup with an OBP of .440. This is the first meeting of the season for these two teams.
Rendon leads the Nationals with 15 extra base hits and is slugging .788. Matt Adams is 5-for-20 with two doubles, two home runs and eight RBIs over the last 10 games for Washington.
LAST 10 GAMES
Marlins: 1-9, .197 batting average, 5.64 ERA, outscored by 39 runs
Nationals: 6-4, .280 batting average, 4.55 ERA, outscored opponents by 18 runs