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Marlins vs. Nationals - 4/21/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals (11-3) at Miami Marlins (4-9)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 1:10 pm (Marlins Park)

M Scherzer (2-0) (3.15) vs. T Koehler (0-2) (6.30)

The Line: Miami Marlins +166 / Washington Nationals -176 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN/FSFL

The Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins end their four-game series Thursday afternoon.

The Washington Nationals look to keep the ball rolling after winning nine of their last 11 games. The Nationals pitching staff has been dealing recently, allowing just one run in their last two games and three or less runs in eight of their last nine games. Out of 14 games this season, the Washington Nationals have allowed more than three runs just three times. Offensively, Daniel Murphy leads Washington with 21 hits, Bryce Harper has 21 RBI and Wilson Ramos has two home runs. Max Scherzer gets the nod, and he’s 2-0 with a 3.15 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. Scherzer is 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 46 strikeouts in his career against the Marlins.

Marlins vs. Nationals - 4/21/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Miami Marlins are desperate for a win after losing six of their last seven games. The Marlins just can’t find a rhythm on either side of the plate, and it starts with a pitching staff that’s allowed 10 runs in the last two games and six or more runs in four of their last six games. The Miami Marlins have lost 11 of their last 13 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Dee Gordon leads Miami with 17 hits, Giancarlo Stanton has 10 RBI and Marcell Ozuna has one home run. Tom Koehler takes the hill, and he’s 0-2 with a 6.30 ERA and seven strikeouts this season. Koehler is 3-7 with a 4.45 ERA and 38 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 35-17 in their last 52 during game 4 of a series and 5-0 in Scherzers last 5 starts. The Marlins are 17-37 in their last 54 during game 4 of a series and 2-5 in Koehlers last 7 starts with 4 days of rest. The Nationals are 4-1 in Scherzers last 5 starts vs. Marlins.

The Marlins have shown us nothing this season that makes us think they can hang with the best team in the NL East. Miami continues to struggle big time, and that shouldn't change with a quality pitcher such as Scherzer on the mound.

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Washington Nationals -1.5

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