Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals - 4/14/14
Washington Nationals (7-4) at Miami Marlins (5-7)
MLB Baseball: Monday, April 14, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)
Jordan Zimmermann (R) (0-0) (8.096) vs. Pitcher TBA () (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Miami Marlins +128 / Washington Nationals -138 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN 2, FSN-FL
The Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins will meet for a three game series in Miami, starting Monday. When these two teams met a week ago, the Nationals came away with the sweep.
Speaking of sweeps, the Nationals were just swept by the Atlanta Braves. In that series, the Nationals pitching really hard a hard time, allowing 23 runs in three games, including 10 alone in a loss on Sunday. Jordan Zimmerman hopes he’ll be able to turn that around when he makes his third start of the season. Zimmermann is 0-0 with an 8.10 ERA and allowed five runs in his first start of the season against the Marlins. In Zimmermann’s career against the Marlins, the Nations pitcher is 4-3 with an ERA of 3.97 in 12 career starts.
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The Marlins return home after getting swept by the Nationals and the Phillies. The Marlins batting lineup that started the reason red hot has produced four or fewer runs in six of their last seven games. The Marlins pitching has allowed five or more runs in five of their last six games. Brad Hand will make his second start and is 0-0 on the season with a 3.24 ERA in 8.1 innings. When Hand faced the Nationals earlier this year, he allowed three runs in 3.1 innings. Hand is 0-2 with a 7.64 ERA in four career starts against the Nationals.
The Nationals are 5-1 in Zimmermann's last 6 starts vs. National League East and 37-16 in Zimmermann's last 53 starts. The Marlins are 1-5 in Hand's last 6 starts as a home underdog and 1-8 in Hand's last 9 starts overall. The Nationals are 6-0 in Zimmermann's last 6 starts vs. Marlins.
The Marlins return hoem where they actually play well. Sure, Miami has looked horrible the last few games, but the Marlins were in many of those games and simply had a few bad breaks that didn't go their way. Expect the Marlins to get things back on track Monday and snap a seven-game losing streak.
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