The Miami Marlins had a disastrous Sunday in that they lost two games at the Philadelphia Phillies – one was the completion of a Saturday suspended game – and then saw two of their best players, rookie second baseman Jazz Chisholm and first baseman Garrett Cooper, go down injured. Neither is expected to play Monday in the series opener at the Washington Nationals, who are solid favorites on the William Hill Sportsbook MLB odds. Update: Both have landed on the injured list.
In Sunday's regularly-scheduled game, Chisholm suffered a left shoulder contusion in the first inning and had to leave the game, while Cooper departed in the eighth inning due to an elbow injury. Both were getting MRIs on Monday and Manager Don Mattingly said it "didn't sound good" for either of them.
Chisholm was hurt as he attempted to make a catch on Bryce Harper's bloop single with two outs in the bottom of the first. Chisholm is in the NL Rookie of the Year conversation, although teammate and pitcher Trevor Rogers is the clear favorite to win it. The 23-year-old Chisholm is batting .251 with 11 homers, 34 RBIs and 11 steals. He's one of just seven infielders with double-digit home runs and stolen bases this season.
Cooper was injured after his arm bent awkwardly as he attempted to catch a throw from catcher Jorge Alfaro on a bunt attempt as base-runner Travis Janikowski ran into Cooper's arm. Cooper is batting .284 with nine homers and 34 RBIs while leading the team with an .845 OPS. The two losses Sunday dropped Miami to a season-high 13 games under .500.
The Marlins also have three starting pitchers on the injured list and are thus likely to go Monday with Ross Detwiler (1-0, 4.19), who spent his first seven MLB seasons with Washington. He has pitched 2.1 innings spanning three appearances vs. the Nats this year and allowed two runs. Detwiler won't be out there very long as his longest outing of the year is three innings.
It's struggling lefty Jon Lester (2-4, 5.54) for Washington. After a quality start vs. the Mets on June 19, he had a 3.96 season ERA but has largely been ripped in four starts since to see that number rise to 5.54. Lester is 0-1 with an 8.59 ERA this year in two starts against Miami.
Washington had lost six straight games before an 8-7 wild win over the visiting Padres on Sunday. Closer Brad Hand blew the save but then go the win. Not clear if he's available Monday. The Nats are 5-2 vs. the Marlins this year and 3-0 at home.
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