Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins Free Pick 9/19/13
Miami Marlins (56-96) at Washington Nationals (81-71)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Henderson Alvarez (R) (4-4) (3.967) vs. Stephen Strasburg (R) (7-9) (2.965)
The Line: Washington Nationals -250 / Miami Marlins +230 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Florida, MASN2
The Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins face off on Thursday in Washington.
The Washington nationals are closing the season strong but not making the playoffs is a big disappointment for them. The Nationals are 8-2 in their last 10 games, 44-33 at home this season, and they are nine games behind the Braves in the NL East standings. As a team the Nationals are hitting .254 with Jayson Werth hitting .323, Ian Desmond hitting .283, and Denard Span hitting .282. For Thursday’s game the Nationals start Stephen Strasburg who is 7-9 with a 2.96 ERA for the season and 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in his last three starts.
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The Miami Marlins had low expectations coming into the season and they have the second worst record in baseball. The Marlins are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 25-52 on the road this season, and they are 34 games back in the N.L. East. As a team the Marlins are hitting .231 with Christian Yellich hitting .286, Giancarlo Stanton hitting .252, and Ed Lucas hitting .250. For Thursday’s game the Marlins start Henderson Alvarez who is 4-4 with a 3.97 ERA and 2-1 with a 4.24 ERA in his last three starts.
Washington is 21-8 in their last 29 games, 13-6 in their last 19 home games, and 4-0 in their last four games following a loss. Miami is 9-21 in their last 30 games, 3-10 in game one of a series, and 2-6 in Alvarez’s last eight starts. Miami is 1-6 in the last seven meetings of these two.
The Nationals are hot right now and with the big arm on the mound it makes this one an easy choice.