Ricky Nolasco, RHP (9-7, 4.23)Marlins (51-60)
Take away the Mets, and Nolasco is having a sensational season. Against the Mets in three starts, the rookie is 0-3 with a 19.96 ERA. Against the rest of the league, his ERA is 2.76. Nolasco suffered his first loss since the All-Star Break in his last start, giving up five runs (four earned) in two innings against the Mets. Before that, he had allowed one earned un in three starts. The 23-year-old is 2-1 against Washington this season.VS.Tony Armas, RHP (7-7, 5.16)Nationals (49-62)
Armas will face the Marlins for the third time this season. Florida has hit Armas hard this season. He has given up nine runs in 7 1/3 innings against them. On Thursday, Armas had his second consecutive bad outing. He lasted only 3 2/3 innings and gave up six runs on eight hits against the Giants. Armas has now given up 12 runs in his last 6 2/3 innings.