Game 152 lineups: Nats at Marlins

MIAMI – Though it’s been inevitable for a while now, the Nationals’ march to 100 losses nevertheless isn’t something anyone wanted to be a part of. Alas, the time has arrived to reach that unceremonious milestone, perhaps as soon as today if they can’t salvage one win this weekend against a Marlins team that has absolutely dominated them all season.

If they’re going to delay the inevitable for at least one more day, the Nats simply are going to need to score more runs than they have against this Miami pitching staff. How bad has it been? In 18 head-to-head games, they’ve scored an average of 2.55 runs, posting a .205/.279/.312 slash line. Is it any wonder they’ve gone 3-15 in those games?

Today’s Marlins starter looking to continue the trend is Edward Cabrera, who of course dominated the Nationals in his one previous outing against them this year: one run, two hits in six innings during a 12-2 win here on June 7.

Aníbal Sánchez starts for the Nats, and while that thought may have sent shivers down everyone’s spines earlier this summer, remarkably the veteran right-hander has become their most consistently effective starter down the stretch. Over his last six starts, Sánchez is 2-1 with a 1.53 ERA, having allowed a grand total of five runs on 14 hits over 29 1/3 innings. How about that?

loanDepot Park
Gametime: 1:40 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM,
Weather: Indoors

RF Lane Thomas
2B Luis García
1B Joey Meneses
DH Luke Voit 
LF Alex Call 
SS CJ Abrams
3B Ildemaro Vargas
CF Victor Robles
C Tres Barrera 

RHP Aníbal Sánchez

2B Jon Berti
SS Miguel Rojas
DH Brian Anderson
C Nick Fortes
LF JJ Bleday
CF Bryan De La Cruz
3B Jordan Groshans
RF Jerar Encarnacion
1B Lewin Díaz

RHP Edward Cabrera

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