Game #48 Preview: Nats vs. Marlins
After the sweep of Atlanta last night the Nats head to Miami for a three-game set. This series is just as important as the one with Atlanta, if not more, because the Marlins are playing much better baseball than Atlanta (18-8 in May) and with a series win the Nats can continue to extend the gap between themselves and the rest of the NL East. While the Marlins have consistently owned the Nats since 2005 (78-49), the Nats took both games played against Miami earlier this season (with the third being a rainout).
Game 1 of 3: Monday, May 28, 1:05 EDT, Marlins Park
Zimmermann was not at his best in his last start at Philadelphia giving up 7 hits and 2 walks over 6 innings, but he was still effective as he only allowed 1 earned run. As shown in the table below, the current Marlins have not been very kind to Jordan, as shown by their team .858 OPS against him and their three biggest offenders happen to be the three you'd think it was in Stanton, Ramirez and Reyes. Stanton's numbers are a little interesting though, in that he's only hitting .200 against Jordan, but has a 1.000 OPS because both of his hits were home runs.
Jordan Zimmermann vs. Current Marlins
Zambrano was a tough luck loser against the Nats in Washington after he only gave up one run off of two hits in seven innings. His most recent start however was particularly poor where in five innings he gave up seven runs on five hits with three walks. Against current Nationals, Zambrano fairs well posting a combined .639 OPS against with Ankiel, Tracy (DL), Nady (??), and LaRoche being those with the best numbers against him. He hasn't faced Harper (obviously) or Lombardozzi.
Carlos Zambrano vs. Current Nationals