Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins - 4/10/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Marlins (1-2) at Washington Nationals (2-1)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 1:35 pm (Nationals Park)
J Ross (0-0) (0.00) vs. T Koehler (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Washington Nationals -155 / Miami Marlins +145 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSF, MASN2
Sunday afternoon in the MLB, we’ve got another matchup coming between the Miami Marlins and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Saturday’s game two of this series was postponed due to high winds and cold temperatures. That game will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on May 14.
During Thursday’s game one of this series, the Marlins got their first win of the season by a 6-4 margin. Miami got a pair of RBI from both Adeiny Hechavarria and Martin Prado during the victory, while five players recorded two hits.
Both teams had to switch their pitching rotations around due to Saturday’s cancellation. Washington will push back Joe Ross to Sunday’s game. Ross will be making his first start of the year in this one, and figures to see a little bullpen time throughout the season as the Nationals’ No. 5 guy. Ross’ last appearance didn’t go so well last Saturday, when he was pummeled for eight runs in five innings by the Twins.
Washington should be able to score a fair amount of runs this season, with the lion’s share coming from Bryce Harper. In three games so far, Harper has a pair of solo homers and three runs in 10 at-bats. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Harper finish with over 100 runs and RBI this season with around 35-40 home runs for the Nationals. Ryan Zimmerman is also a player of note in Washington. Zimmerman has four hits in 12 at-bats with a double and three runs thus far.
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The Marlins will be giving right-hander Tom Koehler the start for Sunday’s game, pushing back what would have been an appearance on Saturday. Koehler is coming off a 2015 during which he went 11-14 with a 4.08 ERA and 137 strikeouts. There’s never been a season where Koehler has finished better than .500.
At the plate, the Marlins boast a pretty good mix of speed and power. Dee Gordon will be the leadoff man for Miami, and could steal over 50 bases this season. Gordon hasn’t recorded a swipe yet, but does have six hits with two runs, two doubles and a triple in 2016. Handling power duties for Miami will be Giancarlo Stanton, who should finish in the neighborhood of 40 homers. Stanton has one already this year, with four hits all together with three RBI in his 13 at-bats.
Now let’s check out some trends heading into this matchup. The Marlins are a nice 8-1 against the National League East in their last nine, and 5-1 in Koehler’s last six starts. Miami is just 1-4 in Koehler’s last five starts in game two of a series, however.
As for the Nationals, they are 5-1 in their last six against a right-handed starter, but just 1-4 in Ross’ last five starts during game two of a series.
I’m not thrilled about either starting pitcher here, so this game could get ugly in a hurry. Still, I like the Nationals to bounce back from a rough showing on Thursday and eke out a high-scoring win.