Nationals host Marlins, look to build on Strasburg’s strong outing
Washington; Thursday, 11 p.m. EDT
LINE: Nationals favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 10 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Washington heads into the matchup after a dominant performance by Stephen Strasburg. Strasburg threw 7 1/3 innings, surrendering zero runs on two hits with 14 strikeouts against Miami.
The Nationals are 24-17 against the rest of their division. The Washington pitching staff averages 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings, Stephen Strasburg leads them with a mark of 10.7.
The Marlins are 14-28 against teams from the NL East. Miami’s team on-base percentage of .294 is last in the National League. Miguel Rojas leads the club with an OBP of .353. The Nationals won the last meeting 3-1. Strasburg notched his 10th victory and Brian Dozier went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and two RBIs for Washington. Sandy Alcantara took his eighth loss for Miami.
LAST 10 GAMES: Nationals: 7-3, .246 batting average, 4.00 ERA, outscored opponents by nine runs
Marlins: 4-6, .257 batting average, 5.18 ERA, outscored by nine runs
Nationals Injuries: Austen Williams: 10-day IL (shoulder), Justin Miller: 10-day IL (shoulder), Jeremy Hellickson: 60-day IL (shoulder), Koda Glover: 60-day IL (forearm), Kyle Barraclough: 10-day IL (forearm).
Marlins Injuries: Jose Urena: 60-day IL (back), Drew Steckenrider: 60-day IL (elbow), Caleb Smith: 10-day IL (hip), Pablo Lopez: 10-day IL (shoulder), Tayron Guerrero: 10-day IL (finger), Julian Fernandez: 60-day IL (elbow), Martin Prado: 10-day IL (hamstring), Jon Berti: 10-day IL (oblique), Brian Anderson: day-to-day (elbow), Chad Wallach: 60-day IL (concussion).