But, despite the heroics from Soto and Turner, the Nationals — who won the World Series last year — are in last place in the NL East with an 18-29 record.
The Marlins, meanwhile, are one of the surprise teams in baseball. After losing 105 games and ranking as the worst team in the National League last year, the Marlins are in second place in the NL East at 25-23, which is playoff position at the moment.
Neither team has fully announced its pitching plans for Friday. The Marlins list rookie right-hander Sixto Sanchez as a starter, but the team has not specified for which end of the doubleheader.
Sanchez (3-1, 1.69 ERA) is 1-0 against the Nationals, beating them 5-3 on Aug. 22 in his major-league debut. He allowed three runs in five innings in that game, which is the worst of his five starts thus far.
It’s possible the Marlins will throw rookie left-hander Braxton Garrett (1-0, 1.80) in Friday’s other game. Garrett would have to be recalled from the team’s alternate site, but he would be pitching on four days of rest. That’s because he made his major-league debut on Sept. 13, beating the Philadelphia Phillies by striking out six batters in five innings. He allowed three hits, two walks and one run.
“I’m not sure if we will make a move (to get a pitcher from the alternate site) or not,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said following his team’s 5-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Thursday.
The Nationals, who were idle on Thursday, will turn to right-hander Erick Fedde (1-3, 5.06) for his 10th appearance and seventh start of the season. He is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in two career starts against Miami.
Washington has not announced its other starter. It is possible the Nationals could start left-hander Patrick Corbin (2-5, 5.10) with five days of rest and right-hander Max Scherzer (4-3, 4.04) on four days of rest.
–Field Level Media