Nats (88-61) vs. Marlins (74-75) at Marlins Park
The Nats had a disappointing showing in Atlanta by losing two straight games to drop their last series of the season against the Braves. They will look to put that behind them on Monday when they begin a three-game set at the Miami Marlins.
The opener will pit rookie A.J. Cole (1-2, 4.71) against veteran lefty Wei-Yin Chen (5-4, 4.99). Cole has never faced the Marlins before and is coming off two consecutive so-so starts. He's allowed seven earned runs in his last eight innings.
Chen hasn't pitched in a big league game since July 20. He was activated off the disabled list Monday after missing months with an elbow strain. Chen did see the Nats on April 20 and went seven innings with three runs allowed.
Daniel Murphy remains out of the Nats' lineup with soreness in his backside, as manager Dusty Baker described to reporters on the road. Bryce Harper is also out of the opener, likely for a day off to rest.
First pitch: 7:10 p.m.
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - A.J. Cole vs. Marlins - Wei-Yin Chen
CF Trea Turner
LF Jayson Werth
3B Anthony Rendon
C Wilson Ramos
1B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Chris Heisey
SS Danny Espinosa
2B Wilmer Difo
RHP A.J. Cole
2B Dee Gordon
LF Marcell Ozuna
3B Martin Prado
CF Christian Yelich
RF Giancarlo Stanton
1B Justin Bour
C J.T. Realmuto
SS Adeiny Hechevarria
LHP Wei-Yin Chen
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Sure, the Nationals and Orioles didn't make the playoffs, but that didn't stop a "Battle of the Beltways" moment from breaking out during NLCS Game 1.
Ex-National Gio Gonzalez started the game for the Brewers. In the second inning, ex-Oriole Manny Machado stepped to the plate for the Dodgers.
Here's what happened next:
If you squint, you can imagine the ball flying into the Nationals Park bullpen or the Camden Yards bleachers.
And in case you're wondering, we have indeed entered the Twilight Zone.
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The Washington Nationals picked up righty reliever Kyle Barraclough from Miami in their first offseason move to rebuild the bullpen.
The Nationals said Wednesday that they gave the Marlins international slot value in the deal.
The hard-throwing Barraclough went 1-6 with 4.20 ERA and 10 saves in 17 chances, with 61 appearances this year. He allowed one hit in 36 at-bats in June, when he was chosen NL reliever of the month, but struggled with his command the rest of the season.
Barraclough's ERA ballooned to 10.24 over his final 24 games and he lost the Marlins closer's job.
He has a career ERA of 3.21 with 279 strikeouts and 134 walks in 218 2/3 innings over four seasons, all with Miami.
Washington general manager Mike Rizzo is in need of relievers after jettisoning Shawn Kelley and Brandon Kintzler late this season.
The deal helps the Marlins in their pursuit of top international free-agent Victor Victor Mesa, a Cuban outfielder who tried out for major league scouts at Marlins Park last week.
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