Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins - 9/30/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Marlins (78-80) at Washington Nationals (92-66)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 30, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
A Cashner (5-11) (5.13) vs. A.J. Cole (1-2) (5.09)
The Line: Washington Nationals -139 / Miami Marlins +129 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSFL, MAS2
Headed our way on Friday from Nationals Park, the Miami Marlins and the Washington Nationals will be kicking off their MLB series.
The Marlins are coming out of a series against the Mets this week. Miami and New York split the first two games, and the Marlins dropped Wednesday’s matchup 5-2.
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As for the Nationals, they just finished up against the Diamondbacks. Those two teams also split their first two games, and Washington dropped Wednesday’s matchup 3-0. On Thursday, the Nationals bagged a 5-3 win to close out the series.
Taking the hill for the Marlins on Friday will be RHP Andrew Cashner. Over 27 games (26 starts) and a 5-11 record, Cashner has put up a 5.13 ERA with a 1.51 WHIP in 128 innings. In his last start, Cashner logged a no-decision with five innings, three hits and one earned against the Braves.
The Marlins have a few interesting options at the plate. Martin Prado holds 181 hits with 69 runs and 75 RBI. Christian Yelich has bagged 166 hits with 75 runs, 20 homers and 95 RBI. JD Realmuto sits on 154 hits with 60 runs and 48 RBI for Miami.
Washington will be going with A.J. Cole on Friday. In his seven games and 1-2 record this year, Cole has a 5.09 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP in 35.1 innings. Cole was suspended for throwing at Pirates hitter Jung Ho Kang on Sunday, but is currently appealing the ruling and can play in the meantime.
The Nationals have some punch in their batting order as well. Daniel Murphy leads the way on 184 hits with 88 runs, 25 homers and 104 RBI. Anthony Rendon has hit 152 times with 90 runs and 84 RBI. Jason Werth holds 148 hits with 59 runs, 22 homers and 80 RBI.
The Marlins are 4-9 in their last 13 road games, and 2-5 in their last seven versus the NL EAst. Miami is also 2-5 in their last seven overall, and 2-7 in Cashner’s last nine starts.
As for the Nationals, they’re 5-1 in their last six Friday games, and 36-15 in their last 51 against the National League East. Washington is also 9-4 in they last 13 home games, and 7-3 in their last 10 home games versus a team with a losing road record.
Cashner hasn’t been pitching all that well lately, and if he keeps it up he’ll make it tough for Miami to stay in this game. I’ll take the Nationals to bag the opener here.