The Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins will continue a four games series Saturday afternoon from Nationals Park. The Marlins will send 23-year old right-hander Sandy Alcantara to the hill, and 29-year old left-hander Patrick Corbin will take the mound for the Nationals. The Marlins won two of three against the Nationals in Miami last month.
Alcantara Records Complete Game Shutout
Sandy Alcantara will get the call for the 10th time of the season in this contest. Alcantara was brilliant in his previous effort, firing a complete game, two-hit shutout against the Mets for his second win of the season. Overall, the third-year right-hander has not been dependable this season, and he enters this one with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP to go along with a 2-4 record in 53 innings of work. Alcantara has yet to see Washington this season, and he has served up nine runs on 13 hits in his eight career innings pitched against the Nationals.
Down with 2 outs in the 9th …
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) May 23, 2019
The red-hot Marlins do not have a player with more than 16 RBI’s on the season. Jorge Alfaro has collected 13 RBI’s along with six home runs and a .244 average on the season. The 25-year old catcher is 0 for 7 against the Nationals pitching this season. Alfaro has cooled off, driving in only four runs with one home run on the month.
The low-scoring Marlins are last in all of baseball with an average of 2.85 runs per game on the season. The Miami putting staff is carrying 4.36 team ERA, positioning them 17th in the Majors. The Marlins stand at 7-14 on the road this season entering Friday. Miami has won six consecutive games heading into Friday.
Corbin Looks to Rebound From Rare Rocky Outing
The Nationals will have Patrick Corbin on the mound for the 11th time of the year in this one. Corbin wasn’t at his best in his previous start, conceding four runs including two home runs in five innings against the Mets, resulting in the defeat to drop his record to 4-2. The veteran southpaw is having a terrific season, registering a 3.25 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP in 63.2 innings. He has yet to face the Marlins this season, and stand at 1-1 with a weak 4.62 ERA in six career starts. Starlin Castro is 0 for 5 against Corbin, while Martin Prado is 3 for 8, and Brian Anderson is 1 for 3.
Carlos Go-Ahead. 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/OEeEHO6EB4
— New York Mets (@Mets) May 23, 2019
The Nationals are glad to have Trea Turner back in the lineup after missing a majority of the season with a finger injury. The speedy 25-year old shortstop has collected seven hits in seven games upon his return to action, and he is hitting .261 with two homers and five RBI’s in 11 games on the season. Turner dominated the Marlins pitching last season, crushing four homers along with 19 RBI’s.
The Nationals are currently averaging 4.38 runs per game, ranking them 20th in the big leagues. The Washington pitching staff has been shaky recently, and they hold a 4.94 team ERA, placing them down at 24th in the Majors. The Nationals stand at 10-14 at home this season.
The Miami Marlins are:
- 8-22 in their last 30 games in Washington.
- 1-4 in Alcantara’s last 5 starts against a team with a losing record.
- 12-40 in their last 52 road games.
The Washington Nationals are:
- 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a road winning percentage below .400.
- 10-4 in their last 14 Saturday games.
- 5-2 in Corbin’s last 7 starts.