Nationals at Marlins - 4/18/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (9-2) at Miami Marlins (3-7)
MLB Baseball: Monday, April 18, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)
T Roark (1-1) (2.45) vs. J Fernandez (0-1) (5.06)
The Line: Miami Marlins / Washington Nationals --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN, FSFL
The Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins begin a four-game series Monday night at Marlins Park.
The Washington Nationals look to build on their impressive 9-2 start to the season. The Nationals pitching staff has led the way during this stretch, allowing three or less runs in six straight games and nine of their first 11 games overall. The Washington Nationals are looking like the team we were supposed to see last season. Offensively, Daniel Murphy leads Washington with 16 hits, Bryce Harper has 15 RBI and Wilson Ramos has one home run. Tanner Roark gets the ball, and he’s 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA and seven strikeouts this season. Roark is 2-5 with a 3.61 ERA and 35 strikeouts in his career against the Marlins.
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The Miami Marlins look to snap a four-game losing streak and their first home win. The Marlins pitching staff has allowed 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their 10 games this season. The Miami Marlins have now lost 14 of their last 18 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Dee Gordon leads Miami with 15 hits, Giancarlo Stanton has eight RBI and Christian Yelich has one home run. Jose Fernandez takes the hill, and he’s 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. Fernandez is 3-0 with a 0.98 ERA and 43 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.
The Nationals are 4-0 in their last 4 Monday games and 1-6 in Roarks last 7 starts. The Marlins are 4-14 in their last 18 Monday games and 23-4 in Fernandezs last 27 home starts. The Marlins are 4-1 in Fernandezs last 5 home starts vs. Nationals.
You don't pick against the Marlins when Jose Fernandez is on the mound, especially when he's at home. Fernandez is 17-1 in his career at home. Miami gets the much needed win here.