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  W: P. López (4-4)   L: J. Lester (1-3)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)5:10 PM CT, June 25, 2021
loanDepot park, Miami, Florida  Attendance: 4,749

Kyle Schwarber, Nats look to keep streaks going vs. Marlins

According to STATS
According to STATS

Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins

  1. The Nationals swept the only previous series between these teams this season, taking three straight at Nationals Park from April 30 to May 2. The Marlins managed just four runs and 16 hits in the three games and had zero runs in the first five innings of each game.
  2. The Nationals have won four straight and nine of their last 10. Washington has a chance to get to .500 for the third time this season, having been 1-1 and 12-12 previously; the Nats' only time being above .500 was at 1-0 after Opening Day.
  3. The Marlins have lost three straight and seven of nine games overall. In their last eight games they scored 21 runs in their two wins (10 and 11), compared to just five total in their six losses.
  4. Kyle Schwarber is seventh in the majors and third in the NL in HR with 19. He had nine in his first 51 games this season, compared to 10 in his last 12. His 10 HR since June 12 lead the majors and are four more than the next-closest player (Shohei Ohtani).
  5. Despite being 0-for-8 in his last two games at home, Jazz Chisholm Jr. is batting .279 at LoanDepot Park compared to .231 on the road. In limited time last season it was the opposite, as he hit .094 at home (3/32) compared to .250 away (6/24).
  6. Joe Ross started the season 2-1, but has lost six of his last seven decisions. He has a 5.74 ERA at home, but is almost two runs better at 3.76 on the road. In his last start (Saturday vs. Mets) he allowed five runs in 5.0 innings, the third time he has allowed five or more runs this season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/24/2021 thru 6/27/2021

Washington Nationals leadoff batter Kyle Schwarber is on an incredible hot streak, and so is his team.

Schwarber has hit 12 homers in his past 13 games, including two long balls in Washington's 7-3 win over the host Miami Marlins on Thursday. The Nationals, meanwhile, are 10-1 in their past 11 games.

They will go for their sixth straight win on Friday night in Miami. The Nationals (36-36) are back at .500 for the first time since they were 12-12.

As for Schwarber -- the reigning National League Player of the Week -- he is one of just four players in major league history with at least eight homers and 15 RBIs in a five-game stretch.

"When you're doing something like this, you sit back and laugh because you don't want it to end," said Schwarber, who has 21 homers this season and has averaged 37 long balls per 162 games over his seven-year career.

"But the reality of the game is that I probably won't do this all year. It's physically impossible," he said. "I just want to give this team my all."

Meanwhile, Miami, last in the National League East, has lost four straight games and has scored just five runs during that span. Going back a bit further, the Marlins have lost eight out of their past 10 games.

The good news for Miami on Thursday was the revival of rookie second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr., who slugged a three-run homer. He had entered the game hitting just .212 in June after batting .290 in April and .278 in May.

"He is confident," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "He believes he can hit. He's not going to let one or two bad games deter him."

Miami is hoping to get outfielder/first baseman Garrett Cooper back from the injured list this weekend or perhaps next week. He is currently playing for Triple-A Jacksonville on a rehab assignment as he recovers from a back injury.

"It won't take him a ton of at-bats," Mattingly said of Cooper's ability to return to Miami quickly.

Washington will start lefty Jon Lester (1-2, 3.96 ERA) on Friday. Miami will counter with right-hander Pablo Lopez (3-4, 2.86).

Lester is 1-2 with a 3.74 ERA in eight career starts against the Marlins. In four games in Miami, he is 1-1 with a 5.64 ERA.

The Nationals are 5-5 when Lester starts this year. In his most recent start, he beat the New York Mets 6-2, allowing just two runs in six innings. He struck out six and walked none in just his second quality start of the year.

Lopez is 2-2 with a 5.45 ERA in eight career starts against the Nationals. For his career, he has been much better at home (2.91 ERA) than on the road (5.55 ERA).

The Marlins are 7-8 when Lopez starts this year. He also won his most recent start, allowing just one hit and no walks in seven innings as the Marlins beat the Chicago Cubs 11-1 last Saturday.

That was the most recent win for the Marlins.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 25, 2021

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