Nationals @ Marlins: Game Preview (7/14)

DC Sports Nexus ---- Saturday, July 14, 2012

 Nationals vs Marlins
7:10 PM Marlins Park

Story Lines:
  • If you asked the Nats who their best pitcher is, Gio would be the answer.  Same goes with Marlins and Buehrle.
  • Harper is rocking an eight game hitting streak at the moment.
Pitching Match Up:
  • Gio Gonzalez
    • 12-3 with a 2.92 ERA.
    • Pitched 6 innings of 3 hit, 1 run baseball last start.
    • Has not faced Miami this season.
  • Mark Buehrle
    • 8-8 with a 3.25 ERA.
    • Has had three straight starts with 7+ strikeouts.
    • Last start he pitched 7.2 innings of shutout baseball.
Who to Watch:
  • Adam LaRoche
    • Hitting .429 lifetime against Buehrle.
    • Leads the team with 53 RBIs.
    • Went 3-4 last game against Miami.
  • Emililo Bonifacio
    • Hitting .333 lifetime against Gonzalez.
    • Has 20 stolen bases this season.
    • Also has 0 HR and 6 RBIs this season.
Keys to the Game:
  1. Contain Hanley.  He got embarrassed by Harper last night and will be looking for revenge.
  2. Focused Gio.  He is a South Florida native pitching for the first time in Miami in his career.
  3. Work the Count.  Get Buehrle out of the game early.  It's going to take a ton of pitches to do this.

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