Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals - 9/5/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (83-54) at Miami Marlins (67-70)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)
S Strasburg (11-4) (2.90) vs. O Despaigne (0-2) (4.13)
The Line: Miami Marlins +148 / Washington Nationals -158 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MAS2, FSFL
The Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins meet Tuesday in MLB action at Marlins Park.
The Washington Nationals look for another win after winning six of their last nine games. The Nationals have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Washington Nationals have won 10 of their last 12 games when scoring at least three runs. Daniel Murphy leads the Nationals with 150 hits and 87 RBI while Ryan Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon have combined for 271 hits and 181 RBI. Stephen Strasburg gets the ball, and he is 11-4 with a 2.90 ERA and 164 strikeouts this season. Strasburg is 14-7 with a 3.26 ERA and 150 strikeouts in his career against the Marlins.
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The Miami Marlins need a win here after losing seven of their last eight games. The Marlins have allowed 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Miami Marlins have split their last 12 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Dee Gordon leads the Marlins with 164 hits and 25 RBI while Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich have combined for 306 hits and 178 RBI. Odrisamer Despaigne gets the ball, and he is 0-2 with a 4.13 ERA and 16 strikeouts this season. Despaigne is 0-1 with a 6.97 ERA and four strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.
The Nationals are 12-3 in their last 15 Tuesday games, 21-6 in Strasburgs last 27 road starts and 40-11 in Strasburgs last 51 starts. The Marlins are 11-4 in their last 15 home games, 1-6 in their last 7 vs. National League East and 1-6 in their last 7 games on grass. The Nationals are 6-0 in Strasburgs last 6 starts vs. Marlins, 5-0 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 20-8 in the last 28 meetings in Miami.
The Marlins have fallen apart over the last week and that confidence is gone. Strasburg hasn't allowed a run in his last 15 innings and is fresh off pitching a complete game shutout against these very Marlins, which included eight strikeouts. There's just no reason to pick the Marlins in this game given the way they've played over the last several days. I'll take the Nats and the reasonable price behind their ace.