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Miami0 3 0 1 0 3 0 0 1 890
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  W: D. Floro (6-6)   L: S. Clay (0-5)
3:40 PM PT4:40 PM MT5:40 PM CT6:40 PM ET18:40 ET22:40 GMT6:40 3:40 PM MST5:40 PM EST6:10 PM VEN2:40 UAE (+1)4:40 PM CT, September 20, 2021
loanDepot park, Miami, Florida  Attendance: 5,383

Nationals, Marlins to face off in battle of NL East's cellar dwellers

According to STATS
According to STATS

Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins

  1. The Nationals lead the season series nine games to seven, but the Marlins have won four of seven at loanDepot park. Miami has won five of the last seven meetings overall. On July 19, Washington won 18-1, and the 18 runs and 17-point margin of victory are both season highs.
  2. The Nationals lost two of three to the Rockies at home, but their win was a shutout win on Sunday. It was their first shutout win since June 18 against the Mets. They are also looking for their first two-game win streak since winning three straight on August 17-20.
  3. The Marlins lost two of three at home to the Pirates. Miami's lone win was Sunday on a walkoff home run to win 6-5. The Marlins' three walkoff home runs this season are tied for fifth most in MLB and are their most since 2011 (also three).
  4. Juan Soto is hitting .488 (20/41) with ten runs scored in his last 12 games. He has at least one hit in 10 of the 12 and multi-hits in seven of 12. Over the last two seasons (2020-21), he is hitting .363 (29/80) against the Marlins in 23 games.
  5. Jesus Sanchez has six home runs and 15 RBI in 16 games in September after hitting six home runs and 17 RBI in 38 games prior to this month. He is only hitting .223 at home this season compared to .272 on the road.
  6. Erick Fedde is 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA in three starts against the Marlins this season. His four career wins against the Marlins are the most he has against any opponent. Jesus Luzardo is 0-2 against the Nats in his career and has allowed nine runs in nine innings in two starts.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/20/2021 thru 9/22/2021

When the Miami Marlins open a three-game series against the visiting Washington Nationals on Monday night, both teams will be trying to not finish last in the NL East.

The fourth-place Marlins (63-86) are two games ahead of the last-place Nationals (61-88).

But beyond that avoiding-the-cellar narrative, the final couple of weeks of what has been a disappointing season for both franchises is also about developing young players.

That means development in the fundamentals of baseball, of course. But it also means developing emotional maturity, and the prime example of that is Marlins rookie second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr.

The 23-year-old Bahamas native has shown thrilling speed as evidenced by 18 doubles, four triples and 21 steals. He also has shown uncommon power for someone with his rangy physique as he has blasted 15 homers.

But aside from those flashes of brilliance, Chisholm has also demonstrated some troubling body language when it comes to umpires and their strike zones. Chisholm has not been shy about showing his displeasure, and that has caught the attention of Marlins manager Don Mattingly.

"With Jazz, he has that fire and emotion, and the body language doesn't help him with the umpire the next time out," Mattingly said. "It's something I think he will get a handle on. It's human nature. If you react to these (umpires), it's not going to be good.

"I feel like he is hurting himself. There has to be different ways of expressing it because I don't think it helps his strike zone."

The Marlins on Monday are set to start lefty Jesus Luzardo (5-8, 6.80 ERA).

In nine starts since being acquired by the Marlins from the Oakland A's just before the July 30 trade deadline, Luzardo is 3-4 with a 6.75 ERA.

Luzardo is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in two career starts (both in 2021) against Washington.

He has struggled with his command this season, which is his first full year in the majors. Luzardo, 23, is allowing 10.1 hits, 4.6 walks and 2.1 homers per nine innings.

The Nationals, meanwhile, will start right-hander Erick Fedde (7-9, 5.16 ERA).

A 28-year-old native of Las Vegas, Fedde hasn't lived up to the hype of being a first-round pick in 2014 by the Nationals. His career numbers include a 15-20 record and a 5.13 ERA in parts of five seasons.

However, he has pitched exceptionally well against the Marlins with a 4-0 record and a 1.10 ERA in six starts. This year, Fedde is 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA in three starts against the Marlins.

For his career in Miami, he is 2-0 with a 1.62 ERA in three starts.

If the game gets to the bullpen, watch for Tanner Rainey, who struck out the side on Sunday in Washington's 3-0 win over the Colorado Rockies. That was Rainey's first major-league appearance since Aug. 12.

Offensively, the Nationals are led by Juan Soto, who is hitting .315 with 26 homers and 86 RBIs.

Since the All-Star break, Soto is hitting .360 with a 1.181 OPS.

"It's remarkable to possess the power, the average, the defense, the energy and the personality (of Soto)," Rockies manager Bud Black said after the Nationals star blasted a 454-foot homer on Sunday. "What a player. He makes baseball better."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 19, 2021


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