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10:10 AM PT11:10 AM MT12:10 PM CT1:10 PM ET13:10 ET17:10 GMT1:10 10:10 AM MST12:10 PM EST12:40 PM VEN21:10 UAE12:10 PM CT, September 22, 2019
Marlins Park, Miami, Florida  Attendance: 19,709

Nearing playoffs, Nats eye sweep of Marlins

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According to STATS

Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins

  1. The Nationals lost the first two games this season against the Marlins but have since won nine straight and 13 of the last 14 meetings. Washington's nine-game streak vs. Miami is tied for the second-longest in franchise history against any opponent. The 1994 Expos won 12 in a row against the Padres.
  2. The Marlins completed a 2-4 road trip with a 5-4 defeat at Arizona on Wednesday and are a loss away from the franchise's third 100-loss season. They have dropped four straight at home and need one win in this series to avoid finishing with fewer than 30 home wins for the first time, excluding the 1994 strike season.
  3. Washington faces an easier opponent after losing four of six to Atlanta and St. Louis as it tries to hold onto the top wild card in the NL. The Nationals have lost nine of their last 14 games and are 1-2 under bench coach Chip Hale, who is filling in since manager Dave Martinez had a heart procedure this week.
  4. Anibal Sanchez, Friday's projected starter, is 6-3 with a 2.52 ERA in his last 11 road starts. He's allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of those outings, tied for the fourth-longest such streak in MLB this season. Sanchez is 1-2 with a 2.57 ERA in four career starts at Miami as a visiting player.
  5. Martin Prado is 15-for-36 (.417) lifetime against Sanchez, tied for the second-best average vs. Sanchez among active players with 30 or more plate appearances (Jose Abreu, .448). Prado is 6-for-39 (.154) with no RBI in his last 27 games, appearing mostly as a reserve.
  6. Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto are a combined 39-for-110 (.354) with 10 homers and 33 RBI this season against the Marlins. Rendon is slashing .404/.455/.681 with three home runs and 12 RBI in his past 13 games at Miami.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/20/2019 thru 9/22/2019

Take the way-back machine, find a turntable and play the Bachman-Turner Overdrive song "Takin' Care of Business" ... because, well, that's what the Washington Nationals are doing this weekend.

The Nationals (85-68), who lead the chase for one of two NL wild-card berths, beat the Miami Marlins 10-4 on Saturday and will go for a three-game sweep on Sunday.

Washington, which has beaten Miami 11 straight times this year, will start right-hander Austin Voth (1-1, 3.58 ERA) on Sunday. Miami will start right-hander Pablo Lopez (5-8, 4.94).

Voth, 27, has pitched in just 11 major league games, including eight starts, although he has never faced the Marlins. Since making his major league debut last year, he is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA at home, but just 1-2 with a 6.23 ERA on the road.

Here's the good news for Washington: In his past four appearances -- including two on the road -- he has allowed just four runs in 18 innings.

Meanwhile, Lopez, 23, is 0-2 with a 9.87 ERA in four career appearances against the Nationals. But he has a positive home split (3-3, 3.22) as compared to his road numbers (2-5, 7.27) this season.

The Nationals, who have set a franchise record for homers this year, are led offensively by third baseman Anthony Rendon, who is hitting .326 with 43 doubles, three triples, 34 homers and 119 RBIs.

Left fielder Juan Soto is another Nationals star, batting .288 with 30 doubles, five triples, 34 homers and 107 RBIs.

Besides that thump in the middle of their lineup, the Nationals have electrifying speed with shortstop Trea Turner (34 steals) and center fielder Victor Robles (26 steals).

"We have a chance to do something special," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said of his team's chances of making a postseason run. "We've got to keep grinding, but we can set our own destiny right now."

The Marlins, meanwhile, have the worst record in the National League (53-101) and are playing for the future with a roster full of young players.

Yet, they keep fighting as they did in Saturday's loss, when the Marlins trailed 4-0 in the eighth only to rally and force extra innings.

One of Miami's best players this year has been infielder Starlin Castro, who began the season at second base but shifted on Aug. 5 to third with the arrival of highly touted arrival of rookie Isan Diaz.

Castro slumped in the first half of this season, batting just .245 with six homers and 34 RBIs. But he has hit over .300 in each of the past three months. In the second half overall, he has hit .308 with 15 homers and 47 RBIs.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly, who this week signed a two-year contract extension, has been impressed with Castro's professionalism.

"He's been a manager's dream," Mattingly said. "He has gotten better as the season has gone on, and he always wants to play. He hit some rough patches early on, but, since then, he's been on a roll."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 22, 2019

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