National League Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, April 10th (All times Eastern)
Miami Marlins (5-4) at Washington Nationals (6-2), 4:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Tom Koehler (1-0, 3.00) Washington - Stephen Strasburg (0-1, 6.10)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Stephen Strasburg tries to get himself untracked after a pair of shaky starts to begin the season, as the Washington Nationals try to complete a three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park.
Strasburg opened his year with a no-decision against the New York Mets that saw him surrender four runs in six innings. He followed that up with a home loss to Atlanta, which reached him for six runs (3 earned) and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.
"I don't feel like I got out of my game plan or anything," said Strasburg, who is pitching to a 6.10 ERA on the year with 16 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings. "I really felt like I gave everything I had and battled."
Strasburg has faced the Marlins 14 times and is 6-3 with a 3.91 ERA against them. However, he has just two wins and has pitched to a 6.97 ERA in his last seven starts against them, while pitching fewer than six innings in four of those outings.
Washington moved to the brink of a sweep on Wednesday, as Jayson Werth's go- ahead grand slam in the eighth inning propelled the Nationals to a thrilling 10-7 win.
After Miami chose to intentionally walk Anthony Rendon to load the bases, Werth cracked Carlos Marmol's second pitch into the visitors bullpen to give him five RBI on the night.
"The ball stayed a little in the middle and he hit it good," Marmol said.
The Nationals climbed out of an early 5-0 hole after the Marlins roughed up Jordan Zimmermann, knocking the right-hander out after 1 2/3 innings.
Derek Dietrich and Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered for the Marlins, who have dropped three in a row.
Hoping to change their fortunes on Thursday, Miami will turn to righty Tom Koehler, who was solid in a win over San Diego on Friday. Koehler beat the Padres in that one and allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings.
He's 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA over his last four starts dating to last season.
Koehler is 1-1 in two starts versus the Nationals with a 6.55 ERA.
Washington has won 10 of its last 11 games against the Marlins at home.
04/10 10:26:46 ET