Washington Nationals (19-31) at Miami Marlins (27-24)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 1:10 pm (Marlins Park)
Max Scherzer (4-3) (4.04) vs. Sandy Alcantara (2-2) (3.45)
The Line: Miami Marlins +130 / Washington Nationals -150 --- Over/Under: 7 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins meet in game one of a double-header in an NL East division matchup in MLB action from Marlins Park on Sunday.
The Washington Nationals will look to bounce back from a 7-3 loss to the Marlins on Saturday. Andrew Stevenson had two RBIs while Trea Turner added an RBI as well to finish off the scoring for Washington in the loss. Luis Garcia went 2 for 4 at the dish while Asdrubal Cabrera had a double and Victor Robles added a base hit as well to finish off the offense for Washington as the Nationals had just five hits as a team in the losing effort. Patrick Corbin took the loss, falling to 2-6 on the year after allowing all seven runs on 14 hits with 7 strikeouts over six innings of work. Max Scherzer will start here and is 4-3 with a 4.04 ERA and 79 strikeouts this season. In his career, Scherzer is 13-4 with a 3.23 ERA and 167 strikeouts against Miami.
The Miami Marlins will try to carry over their success from Saturday’s matchup into this one. Garrett Cooper went 2 for 4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs while Miguel Rojas had a solo home run and a double as part of his 3 for 5 day at the dish. Brian Anderson went 2 for 4 with an RBI and Corey Dickerson and Chad Wallach each had an RBI as well in the victory. Lewis Brinson went 2 for 4 with a double and Starling Marte had a pair of hits as well while Jesus Aguilar added a base knock to finish off Miami’s offense as a team in the losing effort. Pablo Lopez got the win to improve to 5-4 on the year after allowing two earned runs on three hits while striking out seven over 5.1 innings of work. Sandy Alcantara will start here and is 2-2 with a 3.45 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. In his career, Alcantara is 0-5 with a 7.66 ERA and 14 strikeouts against Washington.
Going against Max Scherzer is always a dicey proposition as he’s a sure-fire first ballot hall of famer once he hangs them up, and he’s had a ton of success in his career against Miami. However, I’m still not sure that Scherzer is 100% right now and he gave up four runs in less than five full innings against Miami in his lone start against the Marlins earlier this season. Sandy Alcantara is blossoming before our eyes in this Marlins rotation and even with his struggles in his career against the Nats, he just has nasty stuff in his arsenal. I’ll side with Miami to get the job done in game one here