Preview: Marlins look for a series win over Max Scherzer, Nationals

TV: FOX Sports Florida

TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 5:30 p.m.

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Washington Nationals (9-9, fourth in the NL East) vs. Miami Marlins (5-15, fifth in the NL East)

PITCHING PROBABLES

Nationals: Max Scherzer (1-2, 3.33 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 35 strikeouts)

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Marlins: Jose Urena (1-3, 6.53 ERA, 1.69 WHIP, 17 strikeouts)

LINE

Marlins favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 7 runs

BOTTOM LINE

Division rivals Miami and Washington will play on Saturday at Marlins Park.

The Marlins are 3-7 against the rest of their division. The Miami pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 4.80. Caleb Smith leads the team with a 2.35 ERA.

The Nationals are 6-6 against the rest of their division. Washington has slugged .459, good for fourth in in the MLB. Anthony Rendon leads the team with a .783 slugging percentage, including 16 extra-base hits and six home runs. The Marlins won the last meeting 3-2. Smith notched his second victory and Isaac Galloway went 1-for-4 with an RBI for Miami. Anibal Sanchez registered his second loss for Washington.

TOP PERFORMERS

Neil Walker leads the Marlins with three home runs and is slugging .386. Austin Dean is 5-for-22 with a double, a triple, a home run and six RBIs over the last 10 games for Miami.

Rendon leads the Nationals with 26 hits and is batting .377. Howie Kendrick is 10-for-21 with three doubles, three home runs and six RBIs over the last 10 games for Washington.

LAST 10 GAMES

Marlins: 2-8, .195 batting average, 5.38 ERA, outscored by 37 runs

Nationals: 5-5, .274 batting average, 4.00 ERA, outscored opponents by 14 runs

Marlins Injuries: Riley Ferrell: 10-day IL (bicep), Julian Fernandez: 60-day IL (elbow), Austin Brice: 10-day IL (gastroenteritis), Garrett Cooper: 10-day IL (calf).

Nationals Injuries: Austen Williams: 10-day IL (shoulder), Justin Miller: 10-day IL (back), Koda Glover: 10-day IL (forearm), Trea Turner: 10-day IL (finger).