By Michael Marzzzacco
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Monday June 19: Tanner Roark (6-4, 4.39 ERA) vs. Justin Nicolino (0-1, 4.15 ERA) 7:10 p.m. MASN 2
Tuesday June 20: Gio Gonzalez (6-1, 2.89 ERA) vs. Edinson Volquez (3-7, 3.72 ERA) 7:10 p.m. MASN
Wednesday June 21: Max Scherzer (8-4, 2.26 ERA) vs. Dan Straily (5-4, 3.58 ERA) 12:10 p.m. MASN
After a strong series that saw the Nationals take three out of four games against the New York Mets, the Nationals continue their seven game road trip against another NL East rival. The Nats flew out of crazy and noisy New York City and now head to sunny Miami to take on the Marlins. The three game set from Marlins Park begins Monday night with Tanner Roark up against Justin Nicolino.
Roark will look to bounce back tonight after dropping both of his previous two outings. He has given up nine earned runs in 11 innings posting a 7.36 ERA in that stretch. Prior to his recent slide, Roark won three starts in a row. He had a 2.08 ERA with 18 strikeouts over 21 and 2/3 innings. Roark’s biggest problem when facing the fish is Dee Gordon, who has a .375 batting average against Roark.
This will be the first time the Nats and Marlins face each other since Opening Day when they began the 2017 campaign with a three-game series at Nationals Park. The Nationals took the first two games of that series while dropping the third one, giving them a 2-1 record against the Marlins this season.
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Bryce Harper has a .307 batting average with 21 home runs and 54 RBI’s in his career against the Marlins. At Marlins Park, he’s hit for a .267 average with seven homers and 21 RBI’s. The first basemen on both teams are amazing when it comes to doing hitting damage with good exit velocity. Justin Bour of the Marlins ranks 10th in the MLB in average exit velocity at 92.3 miles per hour while Ryan Zimmerman ranks just behind him at the 11th spot (92.2 mph).
The Nationals come into the three-game set with a 42-27 record while the Marlins are 30-37. The Nats are 10.5 games ahead of the second-place Mets for the top spot in the NL East. The Marlins are in fourth place and 11 games back.