The Nats seem to almost never miss the other team’s Ace pitchers whether it’s Kershaw or Greinke or Harvey and deGrom, the Nats face the Fish and get José Fernandez. The Nats send Tanner Roark to the mound in place of Joe Ross.
You probably know the stat that José Fernandez has never lost a home game for the Marlins. He has had no decisions at home, but no losses on his ledger. This will be Fernandez 8th start of the season.
Fernandez throws 3 main pitches and it all starts with his heater that sits 95-96 mph and can touch 99. Off of that he will throw an 84mph sweeping curveball and a 88 tumbling changeup. Every once in a while Fernandez will throw the “Livo” Curveball in the 70’s. Fernandez likes to bump you inside, but stays outside and in the bottom of the zone. He doesn’t go up in the zone often.
The Nats have limited success against Fernandez and Desi is a career .000 0-12 and 10 of the 12 at-bats were strikeouts. Werth 1-11 and the 1 hit was a HR. Harper, Ramos and Rendon, and Taylor, each have 1 hit off of him. Ryan Zimmerman has the most success of of Fernandez at a career .375 3-8 however Ryan Zimmerman is sidelined with an oblique injury.
The Nats send the same line-up to the plate against Fernandez.
Werth LFRendon 3B Rendon 2BEspinosa 2B
- Harper RF
Escobar 3BWerth LF
- Desi SS
- Ramos C
- MAT CF
- TyMo 1B
- Roark P
— Nationals on MASN (@masnNationals) September 12, 2015
New #Nats lineup: Rendon 3B, Espinosa 2B, Harper RF, Werth LF, Desmond SS, Ramos C, Taylor CF, Moore 1B, Roark P
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 12, 2015
BREAKING: From Dan Kolko: “Drew Storen has a non-displaced fracture in his right thumb. Slammed his locker after the last game vs. Mets. Unlikely to return this season” Also Espinosa replaces Escobar in the starting lineup. Escobar out with a stomach bug.