Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals - 9/11/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (71-68) at Miami Marlins (59-81)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 11, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)
G Gonzalez (10-7) (3.96) vs. B Hand (4-5) (5.20)
The Line: Miami Marlins +140 / Washington Nationals -150 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Florida, MASN2
The Miami Marlins and the Washington Nationals face off on Friday at Marlins Park in game one of their MLB series of National League East teams.
The Miami Marlins have been battling injuries all season but they are playing some of their best baseball of the season right night. The Marlins are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 34-38 at home, and they are 19.5 games back in the NL East. As a team the Marlins are hitting .256 with Dee Gordon hitting .328, Martin Prado hitting .284, and Adeiny Hechavarria hitting .281. The Marlins pitching staff has an ERA of 4.00 with the starters at 4.30 and the bullpen at 3.46. For Friday’s game the Marlins start Jared Cosart who allowed five hits and a run in his first start back after missing two months.
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The expectations were sky high for the Washington Nationals this season but their post-season hopes are fading fast. The Nationals are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 30-39 on the road, and they are seven games back in the NL East. As a team the Nationals are hitting .254 with Bryce Harper hitting .336, Yunel Escobar hitting .320, Michael Taylor hitting .243. The Nationals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.79 with the starters at 3.84 and the bullpen at 3.68. For game one in Miami the Nationals start Gio Gonzalez who has allowed 157 hits and 65 earned runs while striking out 137 over 147.2 innings for a 10-7 record and a 3.96 ERA.
Miami is 5-1 in their last six games against the National League East, 5-2 in game one of a series, and 1-4 in Cosart’s last five home games. Washington is 6-0 against a team with a losing record, 4-12 in their last 16 road games, and 1-4 in Gonzalez’s last five starts. Washington has won four of their last five gams against Miami.
The Nationals are simply deflated and with the Marlins playing well I have to take them here.