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Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals 9/18/14 MLB Pick and Odds

Washington Nationals (87-64) at Miami Marlins (74-77)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)

Doug Fister (R) (14-6) (2.548) vs. Brad Hand (L) (3-7) (4.307)

The Line: Miami Marlins / Washington Nationals --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN, FS-Florida

The Miami Marlins and the Washington nationals face off on Thursday in Miami as they begin their weekend series.

The Miami Marlins fought hard this season and while they won’t be in the post season they have a chance to finish over .500. The Marlins are 40-34 at home, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a win on Wednesday. As a team the Marlins are hiting .254 with Casey McGehee hitting .292, Christian Yelich hitting .292, and Adeiny Hechavarria .281. The Marlins pitching staff has an ERA of 3.83 with the starters at 4.08 and the bullpen at 3.39. For game one against Washington he Marlins start Brad Hand who has lost five of his last six starts. For the season Hand has allowed 98 hits and 48 earned runs while striking out 61 over 99 innings for a 3-7 record and a 4.36 ERA.

Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals 9/18/14 MLB Pick and Odds

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The Washington Nationals have clinched the NL East and have the best record in the National League. The Nationals are 41-36 on the road, 7-3 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a loss on Wednesday. As a team the Nationals are hitting .252 with Denard Span hitting .299, Anthony Rendon hitting .285, and Jayson Werth hitting .284. The Washington pitching staff has an ERA of 3.06 with the starters at 3.13 and the bullpen at 2.91. For game one in Miami the Nationals start Miami native Gio Gonzalez who is coming off of a loss in his last start. For the season Gonzalez has allowed 127 hits and 61 earned runs while striking out 145 over 144.2 innings for an 8-10 record and a 3.79 ERA.

Miami is 14-3 in game one of a series, 0-5 against a left-handed starter, and 1-4 in Hand’s last five starts. Washington is 4-1 in their last five games, 5-1 in game one of a series, and 1-5 in Gonzalez’s last six road starts. Washington is 1-4 in their last five games against Miami.

Miami has been challenged all season and they have risen up against it an I see them doing more of the same here. 

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