Preview: Marlins wrap series vs. Nationals in final home game of 2019
TV: FOX Sports Florida
TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 12:30 p.m.
Washington Nationals (85-68, second in the NL East) vs. Miami Marlins (53-101, fifth in the NL East)
Nationals: Austin Voth (1-1, 3.58 ERA)
Marlins: Pablo Lopez (5-8, 4.94 ERA)
Nationals -202; over/under is 9 runs
Washington heads into the matchup fresh off a strong showing by Stephen Strasburg. Strasburg pitched seven innings, giving up zero runs on three hits with six strikeouts against Miami.
The Marlins are 20-48 against NL East teams. Miami has slugged .371, last in the league. Brian Anderson leads the club with a .468 slugging percentage, including 54 extra-base hits and 20 home runs.
The Nationals have gone 39-31 against division opponents. The Washington offense has compiled a .263 batting average as a team this season, good for seventh in the majors. Anthony Rendon leads the team with an average of .326. The Nationals won the last meeting 10-4. Wander Suero recorded his sixth victory and Kurt Suzuki went 1-for-1 with a double and three RBIs for Washington. Jose Urena took his 10th loss for Miami.
Starlin Castro leads the Marlins with 21 home runs and is batting .269. Miguel Rojas is 12-for-44 with six doubles and eight RBIs over the last 10 games for Miami.
Rendon leads the Nationals with 171 hits and has 119 RBIs. Trea Turner is 9-for-43 with three doubles, three home runs and four RBIs over the last 10 games for Washington.
LAST 10 GAMES
Marlins: 2-8, .244 batting average, 4.97 ERA, outscored by eight runs
Nationals: 6-4, .266 batting average, 3.94 ERA, outscored opponents by nine runs
Marlins Injuries: Drew Steckenrider: (elbow), Julian Fernandez: (elbow), Austin Brice: (forearm), JT Riddle: (forearm), Cesar Puello: (hip), Brian Anderson: (hand), Garrett Cooper: (knee), Chad Wallach: (concussion).
Nationals Injuries: Austen Williams: (shoulder), Jonny Venters: (shoulder), Koda Glover: (forearm), Roenis Elias: (hamstring), Adrian Sanchez: (illness), Matt Adams: (shoulder/triceps), Kurt Suzuki: (elbow), Spencer Kieboom: (elbow).