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

ZambranoZimmermannJordan Zimmermann (3-4, 2.47 ERA) faces off against Carlos Zambrano (2-3, 2.85 ERA).

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

  PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Jose Reyes 15 14 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 .357 .400 .357 .757
Hanley Ramirez 13 10 3 1 0 0 2 2 1 .300 .462 .400 .862
Giancarlo Stanton 10 10 2 0 0 2 3 0 4 .200 .200 .800 1.000
Omar Infante 9 8 3 0 1 1 2 0 0 .375 .333 1.000 1.333
Logan Morrison 7 6 1 0 0 1 2 1 3 .167 .286 .667 .952
Chris Coghlan 6 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .167 .167 .167 .333
Greg Dobbs 5 5 2 0 0 1 2 0 1 .400 .400 1.000 1.400
John Buck 5 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 .250 .400 .500 .900
Ricky Nolasco 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Anibal Sanchez 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Brett Hayes 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Bryan Petersen 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 2.000 3.000
Josh Johnson 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 80 72 19 3 1 5 11 4 21 .264 .316 .542 .858
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Generated 5/28/2012.

 

 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 

  PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Adam LaRoche 40 33 9 3 0 0 5 6 11 .273 .375 .364 .739
Xavier Nady 29 27 8 5 0 0 7 0 3 .296 .310 .481 .792
Ryan Zimmerman 26 23 4 0 0 0 2 3 4 .174 .269 .174 .443
Rick Ankiel 12 10 3 0 0 1 1 2 1 .300 .417 .600 1.017
Chad Tracy 9 8 4 1 0 0 2 1 0 .500 .556 .625 1.181
Tom Gorzelanny 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .200 .000 .200
Roger Bernadina 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000
Danny Espinosa 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Sean Burnett 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Ian Desmond 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Craig Stammen 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .500 .000 .500
Jesus Flores 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Ross Detwiler 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 139 122 28 9 0 1 17 14 29 .230 .309 .328 .637
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Generated 5/28/2012.

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