Game 150 lineups: Nats at Marlins

MIAMI – Fresh off what I’m sure was a relaxing day off here in Miami, the Nationals open a three-game weekend series with the Marlins, their last chance to face a team that isn’t in the pennant race before the season ends.

The Nats took two of three from Miami last weekend in D.C. in one of their better performances during an improved September stretch. Their only loss came to Sandy Alcantara, and unfortunately they’ll have to face the presumptive National League Cy Young Award winner again Saturday. So that perhaps puts some added pressure to win tonight’s opener.

That means Josiah Gray needs to put together a solid outing, something he hasn’t done in a while. In three September starts so far, the right-hander has a 9.45 ERA, with 10 walks and five home runs allowed over only 13 1/3 innings. He hasn’t earned a win in any of his last 15 starts.

You would hope the spacious outfield here at loanDepot Park would help Gray keep the ball in the yard. So the key to success, then, may well be his ability to limit the walks that have so often plagued him this year.

The Nationals go up against Braxton Garrett, the rookie left-hander who enters with a 3.68 ERA in 14 big league starts. He faced them once before, on July 4 in D.C., where he allowed only one run on four hits over 7 1/3 impressive innings.

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Gametime: 6:40 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM,
Weather: Indoors

RF Lane Thomas
3B César Hernández
1B Joey Meneses
DH Luke Voit
LF Alex Call
2B Luis García
CF Victor Robles
C Riley Adams
SS CJ Abrams

RHP Josiah Gray

2B Jon Berti
RF Brian Anderson
DH Garrett Cooper
C Nick Fortes
LF JJ Bleday
CF Bryan De La Cruz
1B Charles Leblanc
SS Miguel Rojas
3B Jordan Groshans

LHP Braxton Garrett

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