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Nationals vs. Marlins - 9/19/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami Marlins (64-83) at Washington Nationals (75-71)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 4:05 pm (Nationals Park)

Justin Nicolino (3-3) (3.81) vs. J Zimmermann (12-8) (3.51)

The Line: Washington Nationals -200 / Miami Marlins +185 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSFL/MASN

The Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals play game three Saturday afternoon.

The Miami Marlins look for a win after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Marlins have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Marlins have won six of their last seven when scoring more than three runs. Dee Gordon leads Miami with 185 hits and 41 RBI while Martin Prado and Adeiny Hechavarria have combined for 104 RBI. The Miami Marlins have won six of their last eight road games. Justin Nicolino gets the nod, and he’s 3-3 with a 3.81 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. This is Nicolino’s first career game against the Nationals.

Nationals vs. Marlins - 9/19/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Nationals look for a win after winning five of their last six games. The Nationals have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six straight games. The Nationals have won seven of their last 10 when scoring more than three runs. Bryce Harper leads Washington with 162 hits and 92 RBI while Yunel Escobar and Ian Desmond have combined for 107 RBI. The Washington Nationals have lost four of their last five home games. Jordan Zimmermann takes the hill, and he’s 12-8 with a 3.51 ERA and 150 strikeouts this season. Zimmermann is 8-4 with a 3.18 ERA and 101 strikeouts in his career against the Marlins.

The Marlins are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 1-4 in Nicolinos last 5 starts. The Nationals are 7-1 in their last 8 during game 3 of a series and 75-36 in Zimmermanns last 111 starts. The Nationals are 11-4 in Zimmermanns last 15 starts vs. Marlins.

Zimmermann has owned the Marins for much of his career, and the Nats have to remain hot if there's any chance to get in the playoff race. Washington should be the pick here with the pitching advantage. 

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Washington Nationals -1.5

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