We’re one week into the 2014 Major League Baseball season and the Miami Marlins have been a pleasant surprise. Miami took two of three from the San Diego Padres over the weekend, but will leave South Florida for the first time this season as they hit Washington D.C. to face the Nationals for three games.
The Washington Nationals are also off to a good start after notching a second straight winning season in 2013. The Nationals dropped two of three to the Atlanta Braves over the weekend, but can move into first place by winning the upcoming three-game set with Miami.
Washington has been powered thus far by first baseman Adam LaRoche, who leads the Nationals in runs scored, home runs, RBIs and OPS. Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Taylor and Jordan Zimmermann have all been solid for the Nationals’ rotation.
With a 5-2 record, the Miami Marlins are in first place in the National League East — a half game ahead of the Nationals and Braves, who are each 4-2. Miami and Washington will play night games on Tuesday and Wednesday before concluding the series with a day game on Thursday.
Washington had a decided edge in the season series in 2013 by winning 14 of the 19 meetings. At Nationals Park last season, Washington took nine of the 10 match-ups against the Fish.
Stanton Ties Club RBI Record
While the Miami Marlins had a prosperous first week, it was particularly kind to right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. Through seven games, Stanton is hitting .345 with a pair of home runs. Stanton has also driven in at least one run in every game, tying Cliff Floyd’s club record for consecutive games with a RBI. With 12 RBIs thus far, Stanton trails only Arizona’s Mark Trumbo for the most in all of baseball. Stanton will look to break Floyd’s record against Gio Gonzalez and the Nationals on Tuesday night.
Marlins Explode Offensively
After finishing last in all of baseball last season in virtually every major statistical offensive category, the Miami Marlins have found the offense early on in 2014. With 42 runs scored, the Marlins have touched home more than any other team in the majors. Five of Miami’s eight everyday players are hitting at least .318 including shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, who leads the team with a .393 average and 11 hits. The Marlins are also batting .333 with runners in scoring position.
Tuesday – Henderson Alvarez (MIA) 0-1, 9.00 ERA vs. Gio Gonzalez (WAS) 1-0, 1.50 ERA
Wednesday – Jacob Turner (MIA) 0-0, 7.50 ERA vs. Tanner Roark (WAS) 1-0, 3.00 ERA
Thursday – Tom Koehler (MIA) 1-0, 3.00 ERA vs. Jordan Zimmermann (WAS) 0-0, 1.80 ERA