Game 81 lineups: Nats vs. Marlins

Can the Nationals finally beat the Marlins again today? Can they somehow find a way to beat the unstoppable Marlins for only the second time in 12 games this season? Can you believe this is what it has come to?

Given how little the Nats have hit against Miami’s pitching staff, and given that the very effective Pablo López is on the mound today, it’s probably foolish to think there’s a path to victory trying to outhit these guys. They’ll simply need to take advantage of whatever scoring opportunities they have and hope it’s enough to emerge victorious.

That will also require a fantastic effort from Erick Fedde, who probably has little margin for error today. Fedde actually has only faced the Marlins once this season, way back on April 27. He allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings but threw 91 pitches, and that continues to be his biggest stumbling block. Fedde has allowed two or fewer earned runs in nine of his 15 starts this season. The problem: His pitch count has been so high, he’s only completed six innings in three of those starts.

MIAMI MARLINS vs. WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where:
Nationals Park

Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, MLB.com
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 81 degrees, wind 8 mph in from left field

NATIONALS
2B César Hernández
RF Juan Soto
1B Josh Bell
DH Nelson Cruz
SS Luis García
C Keibert Ruiz
LF Yadiel Hernandez
3B Ehire Adrianza
CF Victor Robles

RHP Erick Fedde

MARLINS
2B Jon Berti
SS Joey Wendle
1B Garrett Cooper
DH Jesús Aguilar
RF Avasaíl García
CF Jesús Sánchez
LF Bryan De La Cruz
C Jacob Stallings
3B Luke Williams

RHP Pablo López

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