MLB live coverage: Marlins vs Nationals news, matchups, highlights


Welcome to Sunday’s Marlins (63-89, -95 RD) vs. Nationals (52-99, -219 RD) matchup. Today marks six years since the tragic death of José Fernández and two years since the Fish ended their playoff drought by earning a Wild Card berth in the National League.

The Marlins have never beaten a single opponent 16 times in a single season, and they may never have that opportunity again as MLB transitions to a more balanced schedule in 2023. they can achieve with a win today.

Use this Fish choice link before each series of the Marlins to submit your predictions. The ninth round of the competition has just begun and runs until October 3.


National Championship starting lineup

  1. RF Lane Thomas (101 wRC+ this season, 137 wRC+ over the last 30 days)
  2. 2B Luis Garcia (94, 88)
  3. 1B Joey Meneses (154, 149)
  4. DH Luke Sees (111, 128)
  5. LF Alex Call (111, 160)
  6. SS JC Abrams (62, 61)
  7. 3B Ildemaro Vargas (100, 93)
  8. CF Victor Robles (65, 48)
  9. VS Tres Barrera (40, 187)

HPR Anibal Sanchez (89 ERA+ this season, career 103 ERA+)

Distribution of Sánchez pitches in 2022 and Statcast percentile ranking
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Marlins Game Notes

Marlins starting lineup

  1. 2B Jon Berti (97 wRC+ this season, 63 wRC+ over the last 30 days)
  2. SS Miguel Rojas (72, 68)
  3. DH Brian Anderson (93, 67)
  4. VS Nick Fortes (113, 105)
  5. LF JJ Bleday (76, 39)
  6. CF Bryan De LaCruz (90, 221)
  7. 3B Jordan Groshans (107, 107)
  8. RF Jerar Encarnacion (59, 52)
  9. 1B Lewin Diaz (44, 38)

HPR Edward Cabrera (139 ERA+ this season, career 110 ERA+)

Distribution of Cabrera pitches in 2022 and Statcast percentile ranking

Distribution of Cabrera pitches in 2022 and Statcast percentile ranking
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Composition changes from the previous game: Encarnacion, Fortes and Groshans in, Garrett Cooper, Charles LeBlanc and Jacob Stallings out; Berti goes from 2B to 3B, Anderson goes from RF to DH

Additional notes: De La Cruz’s 4-hit game on Saturday wasn’t an anomaly – he was one of MLB’s Best Hitters since being recalled from Triple-A… A rare sighting of Encarnación, who has only played two of the previous 12 games… Rojas (.667 OPS in 15 AP) has the most one-on-one history -head with Sánchez among active Marlins players… Every pitcher in the Marlins bullpen should be available today, with the likely exception of Dylan Floro, who has been used four of the last five days.


How to Watch/Listen/Follow

The first pitch is scheduled for 1:40 p.m. ET. Watch on Bally Sports Florida or listen to the radio broadcast on Fox Sports 940 Miami. Out-of-market fans can stream the game on MLB.TV.

Louis Addeo-Weiss and Daniel Rodriguez are at LoanDepot Park representing Fish Stripes as accredited reporters. Follow them on Twitter (@addeo_louis00 and @Drodyyy) for in-game updates. Louis will take care of the in-game recap article.

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