Game 42 lineups: Nats at Marlins

MIAMI – Hello from loanDepot Park, where they make sure to stylize that with a lowercase L. I don’t understand why because even now in its third season since the name change from Marlins Park, I still read it as if it’s a capital I. But I digress …

Josiah Gray will get the ball to start this quick three-game road trip in South Beach. He’s been fantastic through his first eight starts of the season, sporting an improved 3-5 record, 2.96 ERA and 1.336 WHIP. The right-hander will look to continue that trend tonight as he hopes to fare much better against the Fish than he did last year: In six starts against Miami, Gray went 0-3 with a 5.67 ERA and a 1.560 WHIP.

To be fair, the Nationals as a team did not do well against the Marlins last year (or anyone in the National League East for that matter). They finished 4-15 against the Marlins in 2022 and started off by losing 12 of the first 13 matchups.

Former Nationals third-round pick Jesús Luzardo makes his ninth start of the season for the home team. You’ll remember him being included in the 2017 trade to the Athletics for Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson. He was then traded to Miami for Starling Marte in 2021. The left-hander is 3-2 with a 3.38 ERA and 1.412 WHIP on the season, but 0-2 with a 7.58 ERA and 1.895 WHIP in four career starts against the Nats.

Where: loanDepot Park
Gametime: 6:40 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 The Fan,
Weather: Indoors

RF Lane Thomas
2B Luis García
DH Joey Meneses
3B Jeimer Candelario
C Keibert Ruiz
CF Alex Call
1B Dominic Smith
LF Stone Garrett
SS CJ Abrams

RHP Josiah Gray

CF Garrett Hampson
1B Garrett Cooper
2B Luis Arraez
DH Jorge Soler
LF Bryan De La Cruz
3B Jean Segura
RF Peyton Burdick
C Nick Fortes
SS Joey Wendle

LHP Jesús Luzardo

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