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Nationals vs. Marlins - 8/29/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami Marlins (51-77) at Washington Nationals (64-62)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)

T Koehler (8-12) (4.04) vs. M Scherzer (11-10) (2.79)

The Line: Washington Nationals -230 / Miami Marlins +212 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSFL/MASN

The Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals play game two Saturday night.

The Miami Marlins need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Marlins have scored seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last eight. The Marlins have lost 19 straight when scoring three or less runs. Dee Gordon leads Miami with 158 hits and 35 RBI while Adeiny Hechavarria and Martin Prado have combined for 90 RBI. The Miami Marlins have won four of their last five road games. Tom Koehler gets the ball, and he’s 8-12 with a 3.98 ERA and 103 strikeouts this season. Koehler is 3-5 with a 4.28 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

Nationals vs. Marlins - 8/29/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Nationals need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Nationals have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six. The Nationals have won six of their last eight when scoring more than three runs. Bryce Harper leads Washington with 138 hits and 76 RBI while Yunel Escobar and Ian Desmond have combined for 90 RBI. The Washington Nationals have split their last 10 home games. Jordan Zimmermann takes the hill, and he’s 10-8 with a 3.54 ERA and 127 strikeouts this season. Zimmermann is 7-4 with a 3.28 ERA and 97 strikeouts in his career against the Marlins.

The Marlins are 17-35 in their last 52 games as an underdog and 0-6 in Koehlers last 6 starts. The Nationals are 7-3 in their last 10 Saturday games and 42-15 in Zimmermanns last 57 home starts. The Nationals are 6-1 in Zimmermanns last 7 home starts vs. Marlins. 

The Nationals better start a big time winning streak if they're going to have any shot at a playoff spot. The fish have lost six straight games with Koehler on the mound. No thanks. 

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Washington Nationals -1.5

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