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4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 PM CT, August 18, 2018
Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia  Attendance: 30,900

Marlins, Nats expect to score runs

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According to STATS

Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals

  1. The Marlins had a season-high 22 hits in a July 8 matchup with the Nationals, that being their only victory over the Nats in the first nine matchups (8.31 team ERA in those nine games). They have since won the last two games with the Nats, allowing just one run combined in the two wins.
  2. Before going 2-5 on their road trip, the Nationals had gone 7-3 on a ten-game home stand. The team has hit .264 at home this season, and just .238 on the road; that differential in home/road team batting average ranks second largest in the National League, behind only the Rockies in Coors Field.
  3. During Starlin Castro's five-game hitting streak, his batting average has declined from .282 to .281. He now has 132 hits on the season, and has reached that total in each of his nine MLB seasons. He and Robinson Cano (13) are the only active players to reach that mark in every one of their MLB seasons (career started earlier than 2014).
  4. Daniel Murphy is hitting .417 (15-for-36) with a 1.071 OPS during his nine-game hitting streak. His .333 average against the Marlins this season is his best against any divisional opponent (minimum 20 PA).
  5. Since making five consecutive quality starts, Dan Straily has failed to throw 6.0 innings in each of his last four starts. Straily has nine walks in his last ten innings pitched, and has walked multiple batters in six of his last eight starts.
  6. Since last season, Max Scherzer has made seven starts against the Nationals and amassed a 4-1 record, a 2.25 ERA, .181 BAA, and 0.89 WHIP. That .181 BAA is the second lowest by any pitcher against a single opponent over that span (Chris Sale vs. TB, .163; min. seven starts).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/17/2018 thru 8/19/2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Saturday night's game between the host Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins could be a high-scoring contest.

The Marlins, who are in last place in the National League East, will start left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (4-10, 5.32 ERA).

Washington, which is third in the same division, will start left-hander Tommy Milone (1-1, 5.24 ERA).

Chen has been strong at home but is 1-6 with a 10.27 ERA on the road.

Milone has a 5.54 home ERA and a 7.04 ERA at night, both ominous signs regarding Saturday's start.

Chen will face a dangerous Nationals lineup that features six-time All-Star and 2015 NL MVP Bryce Harper, who is in his prime at age 25.

The Marlins also have to be wary of teen-aged sensation Juan Soto, 19, a prime candidate for Rookie of the Year.

If that's not enough offense, the Nationals also boast shortstop Trea Turner, who leads the majors with 32 steals; third baseman Anthony Rendon, who won a Silver Slugger award in 2014; second baseman Daniel Murphy, who is a three-time All-Star and the MVP of the 2015 NLCS; catcher Matt Wieters, who is a four-time All-Star; right fielder Adam Eaton, who twice led the American League in triples; and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, a two-time All-Star.

But even with all that firepower, Murphy seems to be most impressed with Soto.

"He's special," Murphy told "His swing is so fundamentally sound that he can do damage from foul pole to foul pole. That is unique for anyone, much less a 19-year-old.

"It seems like he rarely goes out of the zone. He takes his walks and doesn't strike out a lot. It's really special to watch."

The Nationals (62-61) are looking to recover from a poor 2-5 road trip.

Washington's bullpen isn't in great shape as six of its relievers are on the disabled list, including All-Star Sean Doolittle and set-up man Kelvin Herrera.

The Nationals are facing a slumping Marlins team. Miami (48-76) has lost 15 of its past 17 games, including a season-high-tying six straight. The Marlins have also lost 12 straight road games.

Washington's Max Scherzer, who leads the majors with 16 wins and also tops the strikeout charts, beat the Marlins 8-2 on Friday night.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly was ejected in the fourth inning of Friday's game after he argued a called third strike on Miami hitter Derek Dietrich. Mattingly was upset about a pair of outside pitches given to Scherzer, who clearly needs no assistance to be dominant.

"I was frustrated," Mattingly said. "That wasn't the whole game. ... But you get tired of seeing it, and (Scherzer) doesn't need any help, especially on two 3-2 (counts). It wasn't fun to watch."

The Nationals slugged two homers on Friday -- solo shots by Zimmerman and Wieters -- and took advantage of a pair of Marlins errors.

Rookie left fielder Austin Deal was a bright spot for Miami, making his first major league a solo home run.

"It was good to see him get his first hit," Mattingly said of Dean. "He's had a good season (in the minors). The ball jumps off his bat. He is short to the ball. He has a chance to have success here."

Updated August 17, 2018

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