Nationals vs. Marlins - 4/9/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Marlins (1-2) at Washington Nationals (2-1)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 4:05 pm (Nationals Park)
T Koehler (0-0) (0.00) vs. Joe Ross (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Washington Nationals -160 / Miami Marlins +150 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSFL, MASN
The Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals play game two of their series Saturday afternoon.
The Miami Marlins hope to get to a .500 record after beating the Nats on Thursday afternoon. The Marlins have scored 16 runs in three games and are averaging 11 hits per contest. The downfall for the Marlins early on is a pitching staff that has an ERA of 5.90 and has given up six home runs. Offensively, Dee Gordon leads Miami with six hits, Giancarlo Stanton has three RBI and Justin Bour has six total bases. The Miami Marlins have shown flashes early of being a good team, but their pitching rotation must improve. Tom Koehler gets the ball, and he was 11-14 with a 4.08 ERA and 137 strikeouts last season. Koehler is 3-6 with a 4.64 ERA and 32 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.
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The Washington Nationals look to build on a decent 2-1 start to the season. The Nationals have relied on their pitching staff early, as they have a team ERA of 2.89 and have struck out 26 batters in three games. The Nats have won seven of their last 10 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Wilson Ramos leads Washington with four hits, Bryce Harper has two homers and Daniel Murphy has five RBI. The Washington Nationals play their first 16 games of the season against NL East competition. Joe Ross takes the hill, and he was 5-5 with a 3.64 ERA and 69 strikeouts last season. Ross is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and one strikeout in his career against the Marlins.
The Marlins are 8-1 in their last 9 vs. National League East and 5-1 in Koehlers last 6 starts. The Nationals are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. National League East and 4-0 in Ross' last 4 home starts. The Marlins are 8-22 in the last 30 meetings in Washington.
I'm not a fan of either of these pitchers, especially Ross who is still getting his feet wet in his big league career. So, I'm takingmy free run and expecting a close game. The Marlins have shown early they have the offensive firepower to hang with the NL East. The extra run of support should come in handy here.