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Scherzer, Nats seek four-game sweep of Marlins
Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals
- Since 2013, the Nationals have gone 42-16 at home against the Marlins. This is the best home record by any team versus any divisional opponent over that span.
- The Nationals have lost five straight entering this series, despite having more hits than their opponents over these five games (40-39). The team had two five-game losing streaks last season, but has not lost more than five straight since June 2016 (seven straight).
- From May 1 -- May 16, the Marlins hit one home run; every other MLB team had at least nine in this span. Since May 17, the Marlins have homered at least once in six straight games, tied with the Red Sox for the longest active streak in MLB.
- In 93 career plate appearances against the Miami Marlins, Adam Eaton has a .505 on-base percentage. There are only two active players with higher career marks against any franchise (minimum 75 PA) -- Shin-Soo Choo, .549 versus Marlins; Andrew McCutchen, .506 versus Orioles.
- Juan Soto reached base in all four plate appearances yesterday, coming a home run shy of the cycle while also drawing a walk. During his seven-game hit streak (since May 17), Soto's 12 hits rank second in MLB (Xander Bogaerts, 13) and his five doubles are tied for most in MLB (Brandon Drury).
- In Garrett Cooper's first 38 career games, he had no home runs. He has since homered in both his 39th and 40th career games, including a go-ahead grand slam in the ninth inning yesterday. He was inserted into the #2 spot in the lineup for the first time six games ago, and the M's haven't lost since.
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It is hard to believe: The Washington Nationals are just 2-9 when Max Scherzer starts this season.
A three-time Cy Young Award winner who will face the visiting Miami Marlins on Monday in the finale of a four-game series, Scherzer hasn't forgotten how to pitch. He leads the National League with 96 strikeouts and has eight quality starts in 11 appearances.
But, due to poor run support and the worst bullpen ERA in the majors, Scherzer (2-5, 3.41 ERA) has struggled.
The hardest he was hit this year came on April 20, when the Nationals lost 9-3 to the host Marlins in Scherzer's only matchup against Miami this year. He allowed 11 hits and seven runs, six earned, in 5 1/3 innings. The first three figures are all season highs.
"Max is like a freight train," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "He's going to keep coming at you. We had a lot of big hits in that game."
Jose Urena, who beat Scherzer on April 20 for his first win of the season, will start against him again on Monday.
"It's extremely important to keep up with (Scherzer)," said Urena, who is 2-6 with a 4.30 ERA this year. "I have to limit the damage."
Urena did just that in his only appearance against the Nationals this year, allowing just three runs, two earned, in six innings. Urena worked around eight hits and one walk, and Miami's bullpen provided three scoreless innings of relief.
Historically, the Nationals should have the advantage in this pitching matchup. Scherzer is a six-time All-Star who has led the league in wins four times. He is 12-4 (3.28 ERA) in his career against the Marlins, including 5-0 (2.38 ERA) last year.
Urena, however, has done well against Washington in 12 career appearances, including six starts. He is 4-2 with a 3.47 ERA and one complete game. The only team he has beaten more than Washington is the New York Mets, and he has a losing record against them (5-6).
On Monday, the Nationals will be going for a four-game sweep of the Marlins. After beating the Marlins 9-6 on Sunday, they have won a season-high three straight games.
The Nationals had entered the series on a season-worst five-game skid.
Among Washington's hottest hitters entering Monday are Howie Kendrick, Brian Dozier and Juan Soto.
Kendrick went 3-for-5 with a homer, a two-run single, two runs scored and three RBIs on Sunday. He was also robbed of extra bases by Harold Ramirez's running catch against the wall in right-center.
Dozier also had a big game for Washington on Sunday, going 3-for-5 with two RBIs.
Soto extended his hit streak to 10 games and is batting .486 during that span (18-for-37).
For Miami, Brian Anderson has three homers in his past six games, and he also stroked a three-run double on Sunday. Neil Walker also drove in three runs on Sunday, nailing a two-run homer before adding a run-scoring single.
--Field Level Media
Updated May 27, 2019