MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Marlins are back on the road this week looking to improve on their struggles away from South Florida. The Marlins hold the worst road record in the majors at 6-17 but have shown signs of improvement of late, winning three of their last five games away from Marlins Park. They’ll look to continue that trend this week as Miami begins a 3-game series against the Washington Nationals.
The Marlins hold a 26-25 record and are currently sitting in 2nd place in the NL East, three games behind 1st place Atlanta. The Nationals are just a half game behind Miami and are looking to leapfrog the Marlins in the standings.
Monday’s game features a solid pitching matchup with the Marlins sending righty Nathan Eovaldi to the mound to face off against fellow righty Tanner Roark for the Nationals.
Eovaldi had a great start to the season, turning in a 2.58 ERA in six starts during the month of April, but has struggled to continue those ways in May logging a 4.84 ERA in four starts this month.
A day after barely avoiding being shut out by the Milwaukee Brewers, Miami may have their hands full with Roark. The Marlins have struggled against Roark, who has started four games against Miami holding a 1-0 record with a 1.76 ERA in those starts. In his last three starts, Roark has gone 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA to go along with 11 strikeouts.
This will be the third series of the season between the Marlins and Nationals. So far Miami has won just one of their six games against the Nats, losing all three they’ve played in Nationals Park. The road struggles against Washington go beyond just this season as the Marlins have lost 12 of their last 13 games in our nation’s capital.
Miami comes into this series after going 3-3 during last week’s six-game home stand while the Nationals have lost five of their last seven contests, including dropping three of four over the weekend in Pittsburgh.
The Marlins will start a pair of righty’s to close out the series in D.C. with Henderson Alvarez (2-3, 3.21 ERA) starting on Tuesday and Tom Koehler (4-4, 3.10 ERA) on Wednesday.