Washington Nationals Series Preview: Nationals vs. Marlins (5/4-5/6)

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Apr 21, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) rounds third after hitting a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

 The Washington Nationals start a three game series against the Miami Marlins tonight at Nats Park. These two teams played a series less than two weeks ago at the Marlins Park, a series in which the Nationals lost all three games to the Marlins to start their ten game road trip.

Giancarlo Stanton got hot during the series with the Nationals and has continued to hit the ball well. In the last ten days, he has gone from hitting .245 to hitting .272. He proved to be a problem during the last series with the Nationals. Stanton has 24 RBI already, one of the league leaders in that category. Expect Stanton to continue to punish the Nats pitchers during this series.

Marcell Ozuna is also hitting very well for the Marlins. He is currently batting .317. Adeiny Hechavarria is still hot, hitting over .300 and has 16 RBI.

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The Nationals bats finally heated up during the last road trip against the Braves. However, the New York Mets pitching cooled the Nats bats off. They won their last two games against the Mets each by the score of 1-0. They left tons of men on base and could not hit with runners in scoring position. They got the wins due to incredibly good pitching, not because of hitting.

One of the questions for this series with the Marlins is whether the Nationals have reverted to their low scoring ways or whether the Nats bats can break out again and score some runs.

Let’s look at the pitching matchups for this series:

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