Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins Series Preview (4/7-4/10)
After sweeping the Atlanta Braves, the Washington Nationals head home to take on the Miami Marlins in a three game series
Today is the day that the Washington Nationals will begin their home slate of their season. Opening Day brings excitement, but the home opener is another day on the calendars fans remember.
While the Nats were able to sweep the Braves at Turner Field, it came at a loss of one of their offseason acquisitions. Ben Revere only had two at-bats before leaving Monday’s game early. He is now on the 15-day disabled list because of an oblique strain.
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The Nats will start a seven game homestand this afternoon when they host the Miami Marlins for a three-game series (off day Friday). The Marlins are another team like the Nationals that have a couple new faces on their coaching staff with Don Mattingly as the new manager after four years in Los Angeles and Barry Bonds is now the new hitting coach.
Through two games, the Marlins are 0-2 after being swept by the Detroit Tigers at home. On Tuesday, they rallied from a three-run deficit in the bottom of the ninth, but they lost the game in 11 innings.
The good thing for the Nationals in this series is they avoid Miami’s top two starters, Wei-Yin Chen and Jose Fernandez, who both pitched in the Detroit series. Of course, when you face the Marlins, Giancarlo Stanton and Dee Gordon are two names to keep an eye on.
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In his career against the Nationals, Stanton has a .315 batting average with 24 home runs and 59 RBI’s in 71 games. Last season, he only played in six games against Washington due to injury. As for Gordon, he hit .342 against the Nats last year with four stolen bases (76 at-bats).
Before this series gets underway, here is our breakdown of the three pitching matchups:
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