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Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins - 5/13/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami Marlins (18-15) at Washington Nationals (21-13)

MLB Baseball: Friday, May 13, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)

T Koehler (2-3) (5.83) vs. G Gonzalez (2-1) (2.19)

The Line: Washington Nationals -167 / Miami Marlins +154 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSFL, MAS2

Friday evening at Nationals Park, we’ve got the opener of a weekend MLB matchup between the Miami Marlins and the Washington Nationals.

The Marlins played a three-game set with the Brewers this week. Miami won games one and three, book-ended around a 10-2 blowout loss on Tuesday.
As for the Nationals, they also played an early-week three game set, theirs against the Tigers. All three games were decided by one run, and Washington won the series 2-1.

Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins - 5/13/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Marlins will be going with right-hander Tom Koehler for Friday’s game. It’s been a bit of an erratic season for Koehler thus far over his six starts and 29.1 innings, as he’s posted a 5.83 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP for a 2-3 record. Koehler was strong in his last appearance, however, as he gave up just one run on two hits against the Phillies for a no-decision on Saturday.

The Miami batting order has several promising hitters in its ranks. Martin Prado has been stellar on 44 hits with 11 runs and a .386 BA. Christian Yelich is also hitting well with 21 runs and 37 hits. Giancarlo Stanton carries team-highs in home runs (10) and RBI (24) but also leads the team in strikeouts (39) and has a .241 BA.

As for the Nationals, we’ll be seeing left-hander Gio Gonzalez on the mound Friday. Over his six starts and 2-1 record, Gonzalez has managed a 2.19 ERA with a 1.05 WHIP in 37 innings of work. On Saturday, Gonzalez posted five runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings against the Cubs for a no-decision.

The Washington hitters are a very talented group that can score runs in bunches. Daniel Murphy has been an absolute beast in 2016 with 52 hits, 22 runs, 22 RBI and a .409 batting average. Anthony Rendon leads the team in runs (24), but has some BA work to do (.226). Bryce Harper has a team-high 10 home runs and 27 RBI to go along with his 28 hits and 22 runs.

The Marlins are 5-0 in their last five games against a left-handed starter, and 4-1 in Koehler’s last five Friday starts.
Meanwhile, the Nationals are 9-1 in Gonzalez’s last 10 home starts against a team with a winning record, and 21-10 in Gonzalez’s last 31 starts overall.

I like Gonzalez in the pitching battle here, but wouldn’t be surprised to see a close game. Both teams’ offenses are solid, but I’ll take Washington in a nail-biter.

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