Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals - 5/21/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (26-16) at Miami Marlins (21-20)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 7:15 pm (Marlins Park)
Joe Ross (3-3) (2.63) vs. J Fernandez (5-2) (3.21)
The Line: Miami Marlins -150 / Washington Nationals +140 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Nationals need a win against NL East rival the Miami Marlins to hold on to the division lead.
The Washington Nationals are loaded with talent nut they can not pull away in the NL East because there is plenty of talent elsewhere. The Nationals held on to their position in the standings with a 4-1 win at Miami on Friday. Nats starter Tanner Roark was outstanding with the lone run scored on six hits and two BB over 6.2 frames to pick up the win. Washington totaled eight hits and walked four times with Ryan Zimmerman going deep while Michael Taylor cracked two run bomb. Washington is scheduled to start Joe Ross in game two of their series at the Marlins on Saturday. Ross has struggled the last three times out with an 0-3 record and 4.91 ERA in 20 innings.
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The Miami Marlins are trying to make the National League East a four team race and are hanging tough so far. The Marlins know each loss or win is crucial and Friday’s defeat was number three in a row and cost them a game in the standings. Miami starter Justin Nicolini was charged with all four runs on six hits including a pair of homers through 5.1 innings to fall to 2-1. The Fish mustered nine hits and walked twice with the lone run coming on a long ball off the bat of Marcell Ozuna. The Marlins are hoping for another strong performance on the mound from ace Jose Fernandez who will oppose Washington for the third time in 2016. Overall Fernandez is 5-2 with a 1.26 WHIP and 3.21 ERA.
Washington are 35-17 in their last 52 Saturday games and the under is 6-2-1 in Ross' last 9 road starts. Miami are 7-3 in their last 10 home games and the under is 9-4 in their last 13 home games while the Marlins are 6-13 in their last 19 Saturday games. The under is 7-1-1 in the last 9 meetings and is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings in Miami.Big juice but Fernandez is one of the best...