Washington Nationals versus Miami Marlins Series 4th September 2017
This match up series featuring the top two teams in the National League East starts on Monday night September 4 at Marlins Park. There is a wide disparity between first and second, however, as the Nationals are running away with the division. The Nationals have been doing it more with excellent pitching, while the Marlins have been relying on the big bad of Giancarlo Stanton.
Looking at the pitching match ups, clearly the advantage goes to the Nationals. Stephen Strasburg goes against Adam Conley on Monday. Strasburg is 11-4 with a 2.90 ERA and hasn’t allowed a run over this last two starts, spanning 15 innings. Conley has been mediocre at best, with a 6-6 mark and 5.02 ERA.
Tuesday’s game features Gio Gonzalez for the Nationals against Odrisamer Despaigne for the Marlins. Gonzalez is 13-6 with a 2.58 ERA and is 5-1 over his last six starts. The 30-year old Despaigne has appeared in only 12 games with three starts this season. He is 0-2 with a 4.13 ERA.
The series finale on Wednesday has Tanner Roark on the hill for the Nationals and Dillon Peters for the Marlins. Roard is 11-9 with a 4.48 ERA, but struck out ten and allowed only a run in his last start. Peters has appeared in only one Major League game this season, not allowing a run and striking out eight.
Offensively, the Nationals are lead by Daniel Murphy with a .317 batting average and 20 home runs. Ryan Zimmerman provides the power with Bryce Harper out with an injury. Zimmerman is batting .300 with 29 home runs, while Anthony Rendon has been a major contributor with a .305 average and 22 home runs.
Top MVP candidate Giancarlo Stanton leads the Marlins with 51 home runs, 110 RBI and a 1.037 OPS. Marcell Ozuna would be the top offensive threat on most teams, batting .307 with 31 home runs and 103 RBI. Dee Gordon provides the spark and speed with .301 average and 48 stolen bases, while Chrisitan Yelich has been a solid contributor with 16 home runs and a .285 average.
Cut to the Chase Prediction
The Nationals to state the obvious look poised for a likely sweep, as their pitching has been too dominating. The game the Marlins could steal is the finale, as Roark has been the least consistent of the starters, while Peters is an unknown, which can benefit the pitcher.