Game 2 of 3: Tuesday, May 29, 7:05 EDT, Marlins Park
After a tough loss yesterday in which the entire team was going on short rest, the Nats send Edwin Jackson (1-2, 3.38 ERA) to face Anibal Sanchez (2-3, 2.87 ERA).
Jackson, 0-1 in his last four starts, has been solid for the Nats over that period even though the Nats are 0-4 in those games. His most recent outing was shaky at points but he earned the quality start and took the L after giving up three runs on seven hits over seven innings, while striking out 4 and receiving no run support. Despite holding a 3.38 ERA season with a strikeout to walk (K:BB) ratio of over 4:1, Jackson is just 1-2 on the season and the team is 2-7 in games he starts, including 2 opposing walkoffs and an extra inning loss. Against current Marlins Jackson has fared moderately well over 40 plate appearances, but you will notice that one name is not on the list below who will absolutely be a factor tonight: Stanton. Jackson tends to have an “on” game followed by an “off” game. Considering his last outing was a quality start and an “off” game for him, I’m extremely intrigued to see how tonight’s game goes considering our sordid history with the Marlins that David detailed earlier.
Edwin Jackson vs. Current Marlins
Sanchez has looked progressively worse in his last three outings sporting a 4.66 ERA and 0-3 record over that period. His last outing was his worst of the season, giving up five runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings. Sanchez has been kryptonite against the Nationals evidenced by Espinosa’s .277 OPS, Shark’s .317 OPS and LaRoche’s .472 OPS. Again those are OPS…as in On Base PLUS Slugging, that’s just awful. Desmond has fared particularly well against Sanchez and Zim has been held to merely average numbers. One thing benefitting the Nats right now is that over half of the starting lineup, including Jackson, has never faced Sanchez which means perhaps they can start a different trend tonight.
Anibal Sanchez vs. Current Nationals
Lineup Note: Espinosa is getting the night off, so Lombardozzi is at 2B while recent call-up Corey Brown is starting in LF. I have a feeling if Brown gets off to a hot start (or a warmer than Ankiel start) that Ankiel could be pushed to the bench with Morse’s return.