Game 44 lineups: Nats at Marlins

MIAMI – After dropping the first two games here against the Marlins, the Nationals need a win this afternoon to avoid a sweep.

That’s a position they are all too familiar with from last year. The Nationals lost five of their six series against the Fish in 2022, putting themselves in position to get swept in all five, and actually losing each game of the series three times.

They’ll rely on former Marlins draft pick Trevor Williams to help get the job done. Williams, who was a second-round pick by the Marlins in 2013, brings a 1-1 record, 4.23 ERA and 1.304 WHIP to his ninth start of the season. Having pitched in the National League his entire career to date, and with the Mets the previous two seasons, he has substantial history against Miami, going 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in nine appearances (four starts).

Eury Pérez gets the call for his second major league start for the home team. He is young, but has a big presence on the mound as the 20-year-old right-hander is listed at 6-foot-8 and 220 pounds. Signed as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2019, he is the Marlins’ top-ranked prospect, the No. 7 ranked prospect in all of baseball and the No. 2 ranked right-handed pitching prospect in the sport, per MLB Pipeline. He had a 2.32 ERA over six starts with Double-A Pensacola before getting the call to the majors, skipping Triple-A ball.

Pérez gave up two runs on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over 4 ⅔ innings in his major league debut Friday against the Reds. He has a fastball that sits at 94-97 mph and peaks at 100, a deceptive upper-80s changeup, an upper-70s curveball and a mid-80s slider.

Where: loanDepot Park
Gametime: 1:10 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 The Fan,
Weather: Indoors

2B Luis García
RF Lane Thomas
3B Jeimer Candelario 
DH Corey Dickerson
C Keibert Ruiz
1B Dominic Smith
LF Jake Alu 
SS CJ Abrams
CF Alex Call 

RHP Trevor Williams

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

RHP Eury Pérez

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