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Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals - 4/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals (9-3) at Miami Marlins (4-7)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)

S Strasburg (2-0) (1.98) vs. Adam Conley (0-0) (3.86)

The Line: Miami Marlins +126 / Washington Nationals -146 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds


Coming up Tuesday evening in MLB action, we’ve got what should be an interesting matchup between the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park.

This will be game two of the early-week series. In Monday’s game one, Jose Fernandez held the Nationals to three hits across six innings of work on the way to a dominant 6-1 Miami victory.

Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals - 4/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Nationals will be giving the start to right-hander Stephen Strasburg. Thus far, Strasburg has two starts and 13.2 innings under his belt, allowing 10 hits and posting a 1.98 ERA with a 1.10 WHIP. Strasburg’s most recent appearance was shuffled around due to him having the flu, but he still pitched well and gave up just two runs over 7 2/3 innings against the Braves on Thursday.

Backing up Strasburg at the plate, we’ve got a pretty talented Nationals lineup. Daniel Murphy has started things out on a tear, with 17 hits, seven runs and eight RBI. Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos aren’t far behind; Harper has 14 hits with 10 runs, six homers and 16 RBI, while Ramos has 14 hits with five RBI. Ramos and Harper combined to go 0-for-6 in the opener, however.

Making the start on Tuesday for the Marlins will be left-hander Adam Conley. In his first start of the year, Conley was a little shaky before getting pulled following a rain delay. This past Wednesday, however, Conley went six scoreless innings against the Mets, allowing just four hits and whiffing nine batters.

The Marlins hitters had a pretty tough weekend, but overall have some solid talent on their roster. Dee Gordon has amassed 16 hits with eight runs in 2016, while Martin Prado has 14 hits with four runs. Giancarlo Stanton has had trouble getting going so far, but still has 10 hits with 10 RBI. Stanton is hitting .238 overall and went 2-for-3 on Monday.

The Nationals are 29-27 as the away favorite since 2015, and 41-46 as the away team all together in that same span. Miami is 22-21 since 2015 as the home underdog, and 39-46 in division games in that same time frame.

Although Strasburg isn’t quite the formidable shutdown pitcher he once was, I still like him to take care of business against Miami here. The Marlins offense simply isn’t scaring anyone these days, but if they hit like they did on Monday, things could get fairly close.

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