July 25, 2021

MIA 3, WSH 1: Pitching Returns to Form to Snap Skid (Fish Stripes)

Amidst the continued nosedive in the NL East, encouraging storylines have been few and far between for the Miami Marlins.

IL stints for core players Garrett Cooper and Jazz Chisholm appear mere final nails in the coffin in the sliver of hope Miami had at repeat playoff appearances.

When the Fish entered Washington Monday to begin a three-game set against the Nationals, their 40-53 record wasn’t indicative of their overall play, this, given the team’s then-plus 16 run differential. Fast forward two days, and following an 18-1 drumming and Washington’s comeback win on Tuesday, the Marlins run differential had fallen to -4.

Fortunately, an atom of light revealed itself in Wednesday’s series finale in the shade of Nick Neidert, who worked a career-high five innings, limiting the Nationals to just 1 run. Despite the encouraging effort, though, Neidert’s command issues persisted, noted by his 3 walks in this most recent outing.

“Nick set the tone,” uttered manager Don Mattingly postgame in what was a 3-1 Marlins win. With the win, the team snapped a skid that had seen them lost 4 of their last 5.

Mattingly, too, noted Neidert as a “creature of habit,” with much…

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