Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins - 5/14/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Marlins (18-15) at Washington Nationals (21-13)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 1:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Justin Nicolino (2-0) (2.79) vs. T Roark (2-2) (2.03)
The Line: Washington Nationals / Miami Marlins --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins play game one of a doubleheader on Saturday.
The Miami Marlins certainly have an improved look so far in 2016 but the key words are so far because we saw where this team finished a season ago. The Marlins have shown they have the ability to both score and pitch but the issue is not only doing both over the long haul but also avoiding too many ups and downs. Another issue is the Fish have to do both against their main competition which includes Washington, the Mets and an improved Philadelphia squad. Left hander Justin Nicolini opens the doubleheader at Washington on the mound. Nicolini threw the ball well last time out in a 6-5 loss to Philadelphia with three runs given up (two earned) on seven hits over six innings.
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The Washington Nationals have been expected to contend for the National League East title for years and have at times and disappointed at others. The Nationals have had a great hitting lineup that can score runs in bunches and despite the loss of Jordan Zimmermann on the bump, their rotation is one of the best in the game. In the past these elements have disappeared at times and it has happened enough that the Nats are booted from postseason contention or displaced by a team like the Mets as in 2016. The Washington Nationals turn to Tanner Roark for the start in game one of their twin bill. Roark has thrown the ball well in the early going with a 2-2 record and 2.03 ERA in seven starts.
Miami are 7-1 in their last 8 road games and are 13-4 in their last 17 overall while going 13-4 in their last 17 games on grass. Washington are 16-5 in their last 21 Saturday games and the under is 6-2-1 in their last 9 Saturday games while the Nationals are 10-4 in their last 14 home games. No line is out as I don’t think pitching match ups are etched in stone…