Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals Free Pick - 9/6/13
2013-09-06 06:10:00 EDT
The Washington Nationals take the long trip to the Sunshine State to take on the Miami Marlins.
Washington has been playing well the past week as winners in three of four, but the Nationals won’t be making a repeat appearance in the postseason as the National League East champions. Instead, the Nats focus will be finishing the season with a winning record and trying to determine what went wrong this year. The Nationals 3-2 victory at Philadelphia brought back memories of 2012, with clutch pitching and hitting being a daily occurence. Jordan Zimmmerman gave up two runs over seven frames and Ryan Zimmerman homered to tie the game 2-2 in the 7th, before plating the game winner on a FC in the 8th. Washington is hoping Dan Haren rebounds from a few poor outings when he gets the ball versus Miami. Haren has struggled in his last three starts after a long hot streak where he is 1-1 with a 6.89 ERA.
If Miami could generate some consistent production at the plate they wouldn’t be mired in the National League East basement, but that’s wishful thinking. The Fish really lean hard on the work on the mound to be able to keep the score within reason because they don’t expect to win many slug fests. Case in point was Wednesday’s 9-7 loss to the Cubs, where Brian Flynn allowed three runs through four innings before four relievers contributed to the pitching melt down, with six more runs plated. The bats enjoyed a rare big day with eleven hits with Adeiny Hechavarria connecting on a grand slam, while Logan Morrison smacked a two run bomb. Jose Fernandez toes the rubber in Friday’s series opener versus the visiting Nationals. The Marlins rookie is thiteming like a Cy Young contender with a 10-6 record and 2.33 ERA even though his team is dead last in the East.
If Miami has a bright spot in an other wise dismal season it’s been Rookie of the Year candidate Fernandez. The problem is he could do well and still lose 1-0 the way these guys hit…