WASHINGTON -- Just about every lineup manager Mike Redmond has tried this season has failed to produce. So why not another one?
"What do we have to lose?" Redmond said of the new lineup he'll throw at Stephen Strasburg tonight at Nationals Park, where the weather is overcast but -- for the moment at least -- rain-free.
Redmond is moving Christian Yelich into the three hole, with Justin Ruggiano taking over in the leadoff spot. Here's a look at the complete lineup: 1. Ruggiano 7; 2. Ed Lucas 5; 3. Yelich 7; 4. Giancarlo Stanton 9; Logan Morrison 3; Donovan Solano 4; Adeiny Hechavarria 6; Jeff Mathis 2; Henderson Alvarez 1.
"It's the same guys, just a little bit different order," Redmond said. "But sometimes that makes a difference. Sometimes it gives guys something else to focus on, a new spot in the order, and maybe this will be the ticket."
This stat is staggering. Of the last 30 Marlins hitters to reach via a walk, not one has succeeded in scoring. The last to walk and score was Yelich in the seventh inning on Aug. 19 -- eight games ago.
The trend continued Tuesday when three Marlins reached on walks and all failed to score.
Even though he's never faced Strasburg in the majors, Yelich has a history with the Nationals' flamethrower. Yelich faced him in 2011 when Strasburg was on a rehab assignment at Single A Hagerstown, working his way back from Tommy John surgery.
"I faced him in his first rehab start coming off Tommy John, in Low-A (Greensboro)," Yelich said. "I got like a 12-hopper that made it through the hole. It still counts, right? I don't really count that, because it was his first start coming off T.J. But it was fun. It was my first year in professional baseball. I was like 19. It was cool because it was Strasburg. It was kind of a cool day for all of us."
The Marlins and the rest of their N.L. East brethren will be taking on A.L. West foes in interleague play next season. The tentative schedule has the Marlins hitting the road to face Houston, Texas and the Los Angeles Angels while the Oakland A's and Seattle Mariners are expected to visit South Florida. Once again, the Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays will hook up for four games in interleague play.
Redmond said it's possible the Marlins could fit a Sept. 1 call-up into the rotation mix in order to enable Jose Fernandez to make his final start of the season at home. As it now stands, Fernandez would make his next start on Friday in Atlanta and his second -- and likely final start of the season -- in Chicago next week.
"We've thought about that, and we're still talking about that, and we'll probably have a better idea of exactly what we're going to do after his next start," Redmond said. "We'll see how that start goes, and that will kind of give us a little bit better plan of what's going to happen."
Chad Qualls now has company when it comes to pitchers who have tripped and fallen on the field this season. The Angels' C.J. Wilson added his name to the list Monday.
"I guess it's still a dubious honor to have the worst one of the year," Qualls said of his trip-and-fall at Marlins Park earlier in the season. "But those things do happen. I think he (Wilson) played it pretty good. Fortunately for me, I was done with my inning, whereas he was going out to the mount to continue to pitch, so he had to get over it really quick and get guys out."
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