Stephen Strasburg will take the mound for the Nationals on Wednesday in the second game of the series against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park. After an emotional evening for starting pitcher Patrick Corbin, who is coping with the loss of close friend Tyler Skaggs, the Los Angeles Angels pitcher who passed away earlier this week at 27, and a long night for both teams after a rain delay that lasted over an hour Tuesday, Martinez said he gave the team a break warming up for Wednesday’s 6:05 game.
“We came in a little later,” Martinez said. “It’s hot. We played, sat around yesterday and finished the game. It was a long day, so I thought it would be nice to give them a little bit of a break.”
“One thing about this team is that they like fastballs,” Martinez said about Miami. “When he’s using all four of his pitches successfully, he gets early swings, early contact, and that’s good for him.”