Steve Lombardozzi gets the start at second base tonight for game two of this three-game set against the Marlins, with Anthony Rendon getting a day off.
Stephen Strasburg (6-9, 3.00 ERA) will get the start for the Nationals tonight, opposing Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez (2-3, 3.86 ERA)
The 23-year-old Alvarez came to the Marlins in the monster trade with the Blue Jays this winter, and while he's been pretty impressive this season, he has allowed at least four earned runs in each of his last three starts. The Dodgers got to Alvarez for seven hits and five runs over five innings last Thursday, although that is the Dodgers we're talking about.
Bryce Harper is 3-for-6 with a homer and a walk in his career against Alvarez, while Denard Span is 3-for-5 with a walk off the Marlins righty.
Like many pitchers, Strasburg has struggled against Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, with Stanton going 7-for-17 with two homers, four doubles and five RBIs against Strasburg.
For the Nats
CF Denard Span
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
1B Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
2B Steve Lombardozzi
RHP Stephen Strasburg