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Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins - 7/5/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami Marlins (36-52) at Washington Nationals (42-43)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)

Pablo Lopez (1-0) (3.00) vs. J Hellickson (2-1) (2.62)

The Line: Washington Nationals -180 / Miami Marlins +170 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN, FS-Florida

The Miami Marlins visit the nation’s capitol to take the field with the Washington Nationals in Thursday MLB.

The Miami Marlins will be gunning for back to back victories after downing  visiting Tampa Bay 3-0 on Wednesday. Miami starter Jose Urena add not receive a decision despite throwing five scoreless frames with Drew Rucinski getting the win with a hit allowed in a two inning stint.

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Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins - 7/5/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Marlins did their damage on six hits and three free passes with JT Riddle leading the way with three hits including a homer, two BI’s and a pair of runs while JB Shuck knocked in a run and Starlin Castro went 2-3 with a run.

The Marlins send rookie Pablo Lopez to the bump Thursday for his second career start. Lopez picked up a 5-2 win un his debut versus the Mets with a pair of solo homers allowed through six innings.

The Washington Nationals were never able to get anything going at the plate Wednesday and were shutout for the 9th time in 2018 by a 3-0 count. Erick Fedde left after one inning with an undisclosed injury but Matt Grace kept Washington alive with seven scoreless frame before Ryan Madson and Kelviin Herrera gave up 7th inning runs.

That was too much for the Nationals offense to overcome with six hits and a base o balls. Trea Turner was the only Washington player to reach base twice with a pair of singles. Jeremy Hellickson makes his second straight start for Washington since coming off the DL with a hamstring issue. Hellickson dropped a 3-2 decision at Philadelphia with all three runs scoring in 4.2 frames.

Over is 6-1 in Miami last 7 road games and over is 4-1 in Miami last 5 during game 1 of a series. Washington are 5-16 in their last 21 overall and under is 21-8 in Washington last 29 on grass and under is 18-7-3 in Washington last 28 Thursday games. Miami are 7-19 in the last 26 meetings.

The Nationals are the better team but are not nearly as fearsome as in past years. If I were to bet this I would just put something on Miami to keep me interested…

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