Strasburg expected to start as Washington hosts Miami
PITCHING PROBABLES: Marlins: Sandy Alcantara (4-7, 3.86 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 65 strikeouts) Nationals: Stephen Strasburg (9-4, 3.88 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 124 strikeouts)
LINE: Nationals favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 runs
The Nationals are 23-17 against NL East opponents. Washington has a team on-base percentage of .322, led by Juan Soto with a mark of .404.
The Marlins have gone 14-27 against division opponents. Miami has a collective on-base percentage of .294, last in the National League. Miguel Rojas leads the lineup with a mark of .351. The Nationals won the last meeting 3-2. Sean Doolittle secured his fifth victory and Soto went 2-for-3 with a triple, a home run and two RBIs for Washington. Jose Quijada registered his second loss for Miami.
TOP PERFORMERS: Adam Eaton leads the Nationals with 86 hits and is batting .278. Soto is 11-for-32 with a double, three triples, four home runs and 11 RBIs over the last 10 games for Washington.
LAST 10 GAMES: Nationals: 7-3, .246 batting average, 4.20 ERA, outscored opponents by eight runs
Marlins: 5-5, .256 batting average, 4.92 ERA, outscored by six 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).