Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/21/14
Washington Nationals (90-64) at Miami Marlins (74-80)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 1:10 pm (Marlins Park)
Stephen Strasburg (R) (12-11) (3.341) vs. Nathan Eovaldi (R) (6-12) (4.581)
The Line: Miami Marlins +162 / Washington Nationals -172 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN 2, FSN-FL
The Washington Nationals look to sweep the Miami Marlins on Sunday.
The Washington Nationals have won seven of their last eight games and looking like a real contender come playoff time. The Nationals pitching staff has been lights out, allowing three or less runs in eight straight games. Overall, the Washington Nationals have an ERA of 3.04, which is second in baseball, and they’ve won 10 of their last 11 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Ian Desmond has four hits in this series and Jayson Werth has hit in eight of his last 10 games. Starting is Stephen Strasburg, who is 12-11 with a 3.34 ERA and has 230 strikeouts in 202 innings. Strasburg is 7-5 with a 3.94 ERA in 17 career starts against the Marlins.
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The Miami Marlins have lost eight of their last 11 games and have dropped to six games below .500. The Marlins offense is struggling without Giancarlo Stanton, producing three or less runs in eight of their last 11 games and they’ve lost 14 straight when scoring three or less runs. Marcell Ozuna has hit in eight of his last 10 games and Casey McGehee has hit in seven of his last nine games. The Miami Marlins have an ERA of 3.82, which is 20th in the majors. Nathan Eovaldi gets the ball, and he’s 6-12 with a 4.48 ERA and has 133 strikeouts in 186.2 innings. Eovaldi is 2-2 with a 5.74 ERA in five career starts against the Nationals.
The Nationals are 6-0 in Strasburgs last 6 starts during game 4 of a series and 5-2 in Strasburgs last 7 starts overall. The Marlins are 2-8 in Eovaldis last 10 home starts and 5-16 in Eovaldis last 21 starts overall.
The Nats are rolling, while the Marlins are almost nothing without Stanton in the lineup. Don't love the price, but the Nationals should get the sweep.