Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins - 5/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Marlins (19-17) at Washington Nationals (23-14)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 1:35 pm (Nationals Park)
J Fernandez (4-2) (3.54) vs. Joe Ross (3-2) (2.29)
The Line: Washington Nationals +105 / Miami Marlins -115 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MAS2, FSFL
Early Sunday afternoon in MLB action at Nationals Park, the Miami Marlins and the Washington Nationals will be finishing up their lengthy weekend series.
Miami and Washington played Friday evening to open the set, with the Nationals coming out on top 5-3. On Saturday, the teams played a doubleheader. The first game went to Washington, as they scored three times in the first inning and cruised to a 6-4 win. In the nightcap, the Marlins scoured four runs in the fifth inning on the way to a 7-1 victory.
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For Sunday’s matchup, the Marlins will be turning to right-hander Jose Fernandez. It’s been a pretty solid year for Fernandez overall, as he’s got a 3.54 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP and a 4-2 record in his seven starts and 40.2 innings. On Monday in a win against the Brewers, Fernandez lasted seven shutout innings, striking out 11 batters.
The Marlins lineup features several key hitters. Martin Prado is out front with 48 hits and 12 runs. Christian Yelich has contributed 40 hits and a team-high 23 runs. Yelich bagged a home run in game one Saturday, but came up 0-for-4 with a run in the nightcap. Giancarlo Stanton has slapped a team-high 10 homers with 24 RBI and a .238 BA thus far. Stanton whiffed 0-for-5 in game one Saturday, and had a 1-for-5 performance in the night game.
Over on the Nationals’ side, we’ll be getting another look at right-hander Joe Ross in Sunday’s game. Ross is sporting a 2.29 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP and a 3-2 record over six starts in 2016. In his most recent appearance on Tuesday against the Tigers, Ross logged five runs in six innings.
As for the Washington batting order, we’ve got a pretty deep crew with some up-and-down statistical spurts this year. Daniel Murphy has been on fire with 56 hits, 22 runs and 23 RBI. Bryce Harper is also hitting well on 30 hits, 24 runs, 11 homers and 29 RBI. Harper walked three times in game one Saturday, then served a one-game suspension in the second game. Anthony Rendon has just six RBI but has a team-high 26 runs.
The Marlins are 1-5 in their last six Sunday games, and 5-1 in Fernandez’s last six starts overall.
Meanwhile, the Nationals are 31-15 in their last 46 Sunday games and 4-0 in Ross’ last four starts against the National League East.
I like both pitchers here, but I’ll give a slight edge to Miami and Fernandez, who has the higher ceiling. A relatively low-scoring game might make sense as well.