Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/26/14 Game One
Miami Marlins (76-82) at Washington Nationals (93-65)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 26, 2014 at 1:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Jarred Cosart (R) (13-9) (3.600) vs. Doug Fister (R) (15-6) (2.555)
The Line: Washington Nationals -210 / Miami Marlins +194 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-FL, MASN
The Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals play game-one of a doubleheader Friday afternoon.
The Miami Marlins have lost six of their last 10 games and are six games below a .500 record. The Marlins issue remains a lack of scoring with no Giancarlo Stanton in the lineup, as they’ve produced three or less runs in seven of their last nine games. The Marlins have lost 16 of their last 17 games when scoring three or less runs. Christian Yelich has hit safely in eight of his last nine games and Garrett Jones has five hits in his last two games. The Miami Marlins have an ERA of 3.77, which is 19th in the majors. Starting is Jarred Cosart, who is 13-10 with a 3.70 ERA and has 112 strikeouts in 175.1 innings. Cosart is 0-1 with a 3.65 ERA in two career starts against the Nationals.
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The Washington Nationals have won 10 of their last 12 games and continue to click on both sides of the ball heading into the playoffs. The Nationals pitching staff has allowed three or less runs in 13 of their last 15 games. Overall, the Washington Nationals have an ERA of 3.01, which is first in the majors, and they’ve won 13 of their last 14 games when holding a team to three or less runs. Offensively, Ian Desmond has hit in eight of his last 10 games and Jayson Werth has also hit safely in eight of his last 10 games. Doug Fister gets the ball, and he’s 15-6 with a 2.55 ERA and has 89 strikeouts in 155 innings. Fister is 1-0 with a 1.72 ERA in three career games against the Marlins.
The Marlins are 12-3 in their last 15 during game 1 of a series and 6-2 in Cosarts last 8 starts overall. The Nationals are 5-0 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 8-2 in Fisters last 10 home starts. The Marlins are 7-19 in the last 26 meetings in Washington.
Getting Cosart at this price is a steal. Cosart has been great since being traded to Miami, and you have to wonder just how serious the Nationals are going to take this game considering they're fresh off a doubleheader and would likely rest some of their players with the playoffs starting soon. Give me the fish for the great value.