Washington Nationals (35-36) vs. Miami Marlins (31-42)
June 25, 2021 7:10 pm EDT
The Line: Miami Marlins -140 / Washington Nationals +130; Over/Under: -7.5
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The Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins meet Friday in MLB action from Marlins Park. This will be the second installment in a four-game set between these teams this week. In the Thursday opener, the Nationals secured the first victory of the series. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Washington played a pair versus the Phillies this week, winning both 3-2 Tuesday and 13-12 Wednesday in a wild one. In the Thursday opener versus Miami, the Nats posted four runs in the second on the way to a 7-3 win. Starting pitcher Joe Ross lasted 7.0 innings with four hits and no earned.
For the starter job in the Friday game, the Nationals will send out Jon Lester. Across his 50.0 innings this year Lester has 55 hits, 22 earned runs, eight homers allowed, 17 walks, 35 Ks and a 3.96 ERA overall.
Over on the Miami side, they put up a pair of losses versus the Blue Jays this week, 2-1 Tuesday and 3-1 in the Wednesday game. On Thursday, the Marlins posted seven hits but couldn’t overcome the early deficit. Cody Poteet put up 3.0 innings with five earned on six hits and four walks in a tough outing.
For the starter job in the opener game Friday, Miami is going with Pablo Lopez. Over 85.0 innings this year, Lopez has 70 hits with 29 runs (27 earned), eight homers allowed, 21 walks, 85 Ks and a 2.86 ERA.
The Nationals are 6-1 in their last seven Friday games and 3-8 in their last 11 with the total set at 6.5 or lower. Washington is 14-29 in their last 43 road games versus a right-handed starter and the under is 4-0 in their last four Friday games.
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Meanwhile, the Marlins are 20-46 in their last 66 in game two of a series and 1-7 in their last eight versus a lefty starter. the over is 5-1-1 in their last seven Friday games and 4-1 in her last five in game two of a series.
PICK: I’m going to take a stab on the Marlins in this one. Lopez had a great start his last time up, going 7.0 innings with one hit, seven Ks and no earned versus the Cubs. Lester has been on a great run himself with two or fewer earned in each of his last five outings. I like this one to be a lower-scoring starter battle with both guys throwing well. Should be a fun one, and I think the Marlins have a decent shot.