Miami Marlins Look to Bounce Back Against Washington Nationals

After dropping game one (10-3) of the four game series, the Miami Marlins look to retaliate in game two vs the Washington Nationals.

Age vs Beauty

Miami (44-60) will look to retaliate on the mound in the form of Venezuelan rookie Pablo Lopez. The 22 year-old Lopez comes in with a 2-1 record with 20 K’s in just 4 MLB starts. His ERA, however, leaves much to be desired as he sits at 5.09 currently. Fans shouldn’t be discouraged though as the young prospect has handled himself accordingly since making his MLB debut on June 30th. Early ups and downs are to be expected when transitioning to the major leagues. Lopez is no exception to that.

Washington (51-51) will turn to their Ace in Max Scherzer as they look to continue their strong second half start. Scherzer, 33, sits at 13-5 on the season with an NL leading 189 strikeouts. Scherzer also comes in posting a career 9-3 record with a 3.51 ERA in only 16 total starts vs Miami. When playing at Marlins Park, Scherzer is an outstanding 5-2 with a 2.54 ERA.

Post All-Star Break “Meh”

The Marlins have been consistently inconsistent in the brief stint since the midway point of the season. Miami came out HOT in their series at Tampa Bay as they took two of the first 3 games at Tropicana Field. Which Miami followed with two straight losses before beating the Atlanta Braves 9-3 in the second game of that series to end in a split.

Miami has grown accustomed to the term “rebuilding” but some still aren’t quite sure how long a rebuilding (or “building” if you ask Marlins CEO Derek Jeter) is going to take. As it stands the Marlins are .500  (3-3)  since the end of the break and playing competitive ball, this is a good sign for a team that just won 42% of their games in the first half. That being said the team has shown spurts of promise and if the young talent continues to progress we may be witnessing a “better late than never” type of run to finish out 2018.

Who’s In – Who’s Out

Assuming there are no major changes in Don Mattingly’s philosophy, the Marlins starting lineup should look pretty typical to how they oppose most right handed pitchers (RHP). Washington has also stayed pretty true to their formula throughout the season. Lineup predictions are as follows:

Miami Marlins

  1. D. Dietrich, L
  2.  B. Anderson, RF
  3. J. Realmuto, C
  4. J. Bour, 1B
  5. S. Castro, 2B
  6. M. Prado, 3B
  7. J. Riddle, SS
  8. M. Sierra, CF
  9. P. Lopez, P

Washington Nationals

  1. A. Eaton, RF
  2. T. Turner, SS
  3. B. Harper, RF
  4. R. Zimmerman, 1B
  5. J.Soto, LF
  6. M. Reynolds, 3B
  7. M. Wieters, C
  8. W. Difo, 2B
  9. M. Scherzer, P

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm EST at Marlins Park. Follow @atbiggers and @MiamiSportsWave for more great Miami Marlins coverage!

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