Colorado Springs, Colorado 2021-09-19 23:19:07 –
When the Miami Marlins open a three-game series against the Washington Nationals on Monday night, both teams try not to end in the NL East.
Fourth-placed Marlins (63-86) are two games ahead of final-placed Nationals (61-88).
But beyond avoiding that seranarative, the last few weeks, which was a disappointing season for both franchises, is also about nurturing young players.
Of course, that means the development of the basics of baseball. But it also means developing emotional maturity, a classic example of which is the Marlins rookie second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr.
The 23-year-old Bahamian native shows thrilling speed, as evidenced by 18 doubles, 4 triples and 21 steals. He also blasted 15 Homers, showing unusual power to someone with his angry physique.
But apart from those flashes of brilliance, Chisholm also showed some nasty body language regarding the referee and its strike zone. Chisholm wasn’t shy about showing his discomfort, which caught the attention of Marlins manager Don Mattingly.
“In jazz, he has that fire and emotion, and body language doesn’t help him referee at the next time-out,” Mattingly said. “That’s what I think he will understand. It’s human nature. If you react to these (referees), it wouldn’t be good.
“He feels hurt himself. I don’t think it helps his strike zone, so I need different ways to express it.”
The Marlins on Monday are set to start left-handed Hess Luzard (5-8, 6.80 ERA).
It has started nine times since it was acquired by the Marlins from Auckland A just before the closing date on July 30, with Luzard 3-4 and ERA 6.75.
Luzard is 0-2 and has two career starts with Washington (both in 2021) with an ERA of 9.00.
He struggled to command him this season, his first year-round major. 23-year-old Luzard allows 10.1 hits, 4.6 walks and 2.1 homers per 9 innings.
Meanwhile, the Nationals will launch right-handed Erick Fedde (7-9, 5.16 ERA).
Fed, 28, from Las Vegas, hasn’t responded to the hype that the Nationals chose in the first round in 2014. His career numbers include 15-20 records and 5.13 ERA for some of the five seasons.
However, he pitched very well at 1.10 ERA with a 4-0 record and six starts against the Marlins. This year, Fed is 2-0 at 1.04 ERA with three starts against the Marlins.
In his career in Miami, he was 2-0, scoring 1.62 ERA with three starts.
If the game reaches the bullpen, watch out for Tanner Rainey, who beat the side with Washington’s victory over the Colorado Rockies 3-0 on Sunday. It was Rainey’s first Major League Baseball appearance since August 12.
Aggressively, the Nationals are headed by Juan Soto, who hit .315 with 26 home runs and 86 RBIs.
Since the All-Star Break, Soto has hit .360 with 1.181 OPS.
Rockies manager Bud Black said, “It’s worth noting that the Nationals star has (Soto’s) power, average, defense, energy, and personality after hitting a 454-foot home run on Sunday.” Said. “What a player. He makes baseball better.”
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