The Washington Nationals will get their first look at the Miami Marlins this weekend. On this edition of the DoDCast, Kevin from Marlin Maniac joins us.
Although it’s already the end of May, this weekend will provide the Washington Nationals with their first series against the Miami Marlins. To help us look ahead to the series on our DoDCast is Marlin Maniac Site Expert, Kevin Kraczkowski.
On this episode they cover:
- Recap the Nats and Marlins last series
- Which of the Marlins young stars should we watch for?
- Who’s potential trade bait in the summer?
- Preview each matchup individually
- Provide out score predictions for the games
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The Marlins were predicted to struggle before the season, and that seems to have played out so far. They are bottom of the National League East with a 19-30 record, which is also the second worst in the NL.
It’s not easy to see the main problem. After the Derek Jeter firesale, that included the departure of Christian Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna, the Marlins struggle to score runs. They’re bottom of the major leagues in runs scored with just 167 runners crossing the plate.
Nats fans would be wise to keep an eye on J.T. Realmuto during this series. The Nationals had interest in the young catcher over the winter, but nothing materialized. If the price falls, or Pedro Severino stutters, then that could easily change as the end of July nears.
The Nats should not take this squad lightly right now, as they are fresh off of a series win over the New York Mets. But their pitching matchups lend to a positive outcome, as Max Scherzer, Tanner Roark and Stephen Strasburg will head to the mound during the series.
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Part two of the Washington Nationals’ road-trip will begin on Monday in Baltimore as the Orioles play host to their beltway rivals. And we’ll be there to preview it with you on Sunday evening.