The youngest Marlin ever to be selected to the All-Star Game, 20-year-old Jose Fernandez heads to the mound Saturday for Miami in the continuation of a three-game series against the Washington Nationals.
Fernandez is coming off a 3-2 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday at Busch Stadium. He issued a career-high four walks over six innings. Fernandez has yet to lose at home, as he's 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA in eight starts at Marlins Park.
Dan Haren, tonight's starter for the Nats, has never won a game in South Florida. He's 0-2 with a 3.57 ERA in three starts when pitching in Miami.
Haren has hit a rut over the last two months, going 0-7 over his last nine starts. The last victory for the righty came May 9 against Detroit. Additionally, Haren is 1-7 with a gaudy 5.57 EEA in nine road starts this year.
Over his career, Haren is 1-4 with a 3.43 ERA in six games against the Marlins.
The Marlins pounded Stephen Strasburg last night in an 8-3 win. Giancarlo Stanton's two-run homer capped a seven-run onslaught over the first two innings.
Strasburg (5-7) gave up five hits and four walks in two innings. The right- hander gave up seven earned runs for the first time in his career and two innings matched his shortest major league outing. He also went two innings on May 31, but he left because of a strained right oblique.
"I couldn't throw a strike," said Strasburg. "It's frustrating to throw ball one, ball two to every single batter."
"He just looked really out of whack with all his pitches," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "I'm just glad we were able to take advantage of it."
Marcell Ozuna had a three-run triple and Stanton crushed his ninth homer of the season for the Marlins, who won their second in a row after losing five straight.
After giving up three runs in the first inning, Nathan Eovaldi (2-0) recovered to pitch five scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and struck out five to pick up the win.
The Nationals lead the season series, 5-2.