Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals - 4/15/14
Washington Nationals (7-5) at Miami Marlins (5-8)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)
Stephen Strasburg (R) (1-1) (4.235) vs. Tom Koehler (R) (1-1) (3.000)
The Line: Miami Marlins +162 / Washington Nationals -172 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN 2, FSN-FL
The Washington Nationals look to take yet another game from the Miami Marlins when they meet on Tuesday. The Nationals won game 1, 9-2.
The Nationals improve to 4-0 on the season against the Marlins and can win their third season of the series with a win on Tuesday. In the four games against the Marlins this season, the Nationals have outscored the fish 31-10. The Nationals are scoring at will, while the Washington pitching has quieted the Miami bats. Stephen Strasburg will make his fourth start of the season and already picked up the win over the Marlins in their last series. Strasburg is 7-3 with an ERA of 3.69 in 15 career starts against the Marlins.
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The Marlins continue their free fall with eight straight losses after starting the season 5-1. The Marlins have scored three or less runs in six of their last eight games and the pitching hasn’t looked as sharp as it in the first week of the season. One pitcher who has yet to give the Marlins a bad start is Tom Koehler, who is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA and has seven strikeouts in 12.0 innings. Koehler has only started three games against the Nationals in his young career, and he’s 1-2 with a 5.29 ERA.
The Nationals are 5-1 in Strasburg's last 6 starts and 20-8 in Strasburg's last 28 starts as a road favorite. The Marlins are 1-5 in Koehler's last 6 home starts vs. a team with a winning record and 17-38 in their last 55 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Nationals are 19-7 in the last 26 meetings.
As long as you can get the Nationals under -200, it's worth it. The Marlins are clearly a fraud and don't look like they're getting back any of their week 1 magic anytime soon. Take Washington as long as the price is worth it.