Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins
Dates: Monday, June 19 – Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Location: Marlins Park
The Nationals just sent a major message to the Mets by taking three of four to push their lead to 10.5 games atop the division standings. So long as a closer is found to solidify the back end of the bullpen, Washington looks to be a serious World Series contender ( +700 ).
The Marlins look to be anything but a championship caliber team with Donnie Baseball’s squad sitting 11 games out in the division and 12.5 games back in the wild card race. While it’s played .650 ball over its last 20, Miami just doesn’t look the part of a team to be taking seriously.
Game 1 Probable Pitchers - Monday, June 19, 2017, 7:10 p.m. ET ( Local TV )
Tanner Roark vs. Edinson Volquez
Every once in a while, Roark gets blown up as was the case last time out versus Atlanta who tagged him for nine hits and 7 ER through five innings. The loss dropped him to 6-4 with a 4.39 ERA and .267 BAA for the season. Washington has won four of his six road starts, and he’s 3-4 with a 2.54 ERA and .234 BAA lifetime at Marlins Park.
The “Volq Man” saw his quality start streak get halted at four straight last Wednesday against Oakland who tagged him for a home run and 4 ER through four innings. The outing came as quite the surprise after limiting his last three opponents to just 1 ER over 22 total innings. He’s 2-2 with a 3.18 ERA at home and owns a career 3.77 ERA and 2-3 record against the Nats in eight career starts.
Game 2 Probable Pitchers - Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 7:10 p.m. ET ( Local TV )
Gio Gonzalez vs. Vance Worley
Gio’s resurrection campaign continued in Queens his last time out where he held the Mets to just five hits and 2 ER through seven innings to log his sixth win of the season to go along with just one loss. He’s been much more hittable on the road ( 4.09 ERA ), and will now face a Miami team that’s split its 12 games against lefties while averaging 5.1 runs per game.
0.00 – No, that’s not John Blutarsky’s grade point average from the movie Animal House. Instead, it’s Vance Worley’s quality start percentage since being thrown into the starting rotation at the end of May. It’s been ugly for the veteran, and he now gets the pleasure of throwing at a Nats offense that leads the league in scoring against right-handers ( 5.9 RPG ).
Game 3 Probable Pitchers - Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 12:10 p.m. ET ( Local TV )
Max Scherzer vs. Dan Straily
Of all the quality arms Washington throws at its opposition every fifth day, it’s Mad Max that’s stood out the most pitching to an 8-4 record and miniscule 2.26 ERA. Each of his last five starts have been of quality with the Nats 4-1 in those contests. In 10 career starts against the Fish, Scherzer stands 6-2 with a 3.92 ERA and .250 BAA. Washington won three of his four starts against Miami last season with the over cashing three times.
If anyone would be up to the task of going inning for inning with Mad Max, it’s Straily. The righty enters start No. 15 with a 3.58 ERA and 80:26 K/BB ratio. Four of his last five starts have been of quality, and he’s fresh off tossing 6.1 innings of shutout ball at the Braves to move to 5-4 for the season. He’ll take the bump determined to make amends for the 5 ER he gave up to Washington over 3.1 innings in his 2017 debut.