Sanchez is 7-0 against Washington and will try to help the Marlins end the Nationals’ eight-game road win streak Monday night in Miami.
Florida (71-88) is 30-45 at home this year, not counting a three-game set in June that was moved to Seattle since U2 had previously booked Sun Life Stadium.
Those kind of conflicts shouldn’t be an issue next season when the Marlins open a new ballpark located on the site of the former Orange Bowl near downtown. Florida has played in Sun Life Stadium every year since 1993, winning World Series titles in 1997 and 2003.
The stadium, though, won’t be missed due to the lack of home-field advantage this year. Next season, the team will be renamed as the Miami Marlins.
“I can’t put a finger on it,” manager Jack McKeon told the Marlins’ official website. “Maybe they’re more relaxed. Maybe there are less distractions on the road.”
Sanchez (8-9, 3.67 ERA) has posted a 1.99 ERA in 16 career starts against Washington (78-80), going 2-0 with a 0.87 ERA in three this year. He enters with 17 2-3 consecutive scoreless innings versus the Nationals.
The right-hander has dropped consecutive outings, yielding three runs over five innings last Tuesday in a 4-0 loss to Atlanta. Sanchez is 0-4 with a 4.70 ERA in his last eight home starts.
Washington (78-80) has won 12 of 15 and is enjoying the franchise’s longest run on the road since winning nine straight July 29-Aug. 10, 1994, when it was in Montreal. The Nationals have won 11 of 14 against NL East foes after taking two of three from Atlanta over the weekend.
“Any time you play teams in your division - I don’t care when it is, April, May, September - there’s a pride factor going on out there,” manager Davey Johnson said.
While the Nationals are 5-10 against the Marlins this season, they have split six meetings in Miami.
The Nationals have won all four starts by rookie Tommy Milone(notes) (1-0, 3.32), who comes off his best outing. Milone gave up four hits over six scoreless innings last Tuesday in a 4-3, 10-inning win at Philadelphia.
The left-hander has never faced Florida.
Marlins slugger Mike Stanton(notes) has four homers and seven RBIs in his last nine games against the Nationals, but all those games were in Washington. He’s 5 for 31 in his home career against the Nationals.