Washington Nationals (60-88) vs. Miami Marlins (62-86)
September 20, 2021 6:40 pm EDT
The Line: Miami Marlins -105 / Washington Nationals -125; Over/Under: -7.5
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The Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins meet Monday in MLB action from Marlins Park. Washington just finished up a weekend series versus the Rockies. The Nationals lost the first two installments of that set, then on Sunday Washington won in a shutout. As for the Marlins, they played Pittsburgh in their last series. Miami also lost their first two games, and on Sunday the Marlins eked out a one-run victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Washington had some trouble with the Rockies over the weekend, falling 9-8 Friday and 6-0 in the Saturday game. On Sunday the Nationals managed seven hits in a 3-0 shutout victory. Starter Paolo Espino put up 5.2 frames with no earned on three hits and three walks.
For the starting pitcher job on Monday, the Nationals will send out Erick Fedde. This year Fedde is 7-9 with a 5.16 ERA and 120 Ks.
Over on the Marlins’ side, they lost 2-1 on Friday to the Pirates and followed that up with a 6-3 loss Saturday. On Sunday Miami scored twice in the bottom of the 10th inning on the way to a nice 6-5 comeback win. Sandy Alcantara finished with 6.0 innings, six hits and one earned.
For the starter gig in the Monday game the Marlins will send out Jesus Luzardo. Across his 22 games (15 starts) this year Luzardo has a 5-8 record with a 6.80 ERA and 80 Ks in 82.0 innings of work.
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The Nationals are 15-39 in their last 54 overall and 7-20 in their last 27 versus a lefty starter. Washington is also 1-4 in their last five Monday games.
Meanwhile, the Marlins are 17-38 in their last 55 in game one of a series and the over is 5-1 in their last six Monday games. The under is 6-2-1 in Miami’s last nine in game one of a series as well.
PICK: I’m going to take a stab on Miami here, but probably staying away. Luzardo is going to need a good start regardless. He’s coming off a September 14 outing in Washington that produced four earned on seven hits and two walks across 4.1 innings. Prior to that Luzardo had a couple of decent starts going with five earned on six walks and seven hits in 11.1 innings. If the Marlins can get Luzardo into a quality start (or close to it) I think they’ve got a decent shot at a win.