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Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals - 4/20/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins
Date & Time Saturday April 20, 2019, 6:10 PM (EDT)
Marlins Park
Miami, Florida
The Line
Miami Marlins +199 / Washington Nationals -215 O/U: 7
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The Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins will meet up on the MLB diamond Saturday to continue their series.

In the Friday opener, the Marlins scored two runs in the sixth inning in order to eventually eke out a 3-2 victory.

The Nationals are sending out Max Scherzer in the start Saturday. Over his 27.0 innings and 1-2 mark this season, Scherzer has a 3.33 ERA with 35 Ks and five walks.

In Friday’s loss, the Nats came up with six hits as a team, and one of those was a Brian Dozier homer (a solo shot in the seventh). Juan Soto provided a hit and an RBI for Washington as well.

Over on the Marlins’ side, they’re going with Jose Urena on Saturday. In his 20.2 innings and 0-3 record so far, Urena has a 6.53 ERA with 17 Ks and five walks.

Miami also recorded six hits on the evening Friday. Four of those hits belonged to Starlin Castro and Miguel Rojas, each of whom posted two hits and a run.

The Nationals are 4-1 in their last five in game two of a series and 7-2 in their last nine Saturday games. Washington is 38-16 in Scherzer’s last 54 road starts and 57-28 in his last 85 starts.
Meanwhile, the Marlins are 4-1 in their last five Saturday games and 0-4 in Urena’s last four starts. Miami is 1-7 in Urena’s last eight Saturday starts and 6-15 in his last 21 home starts.

Scherzer really only has one “blah” start this year (6.1 innings; eight hits; four earned in a win over the Mets), and otherwise he’s given up just six earned across 20.2 total innings—pretty darn good.

As for Urena, he struggled in his first three outings but put up a nice one versus Philly (7.0 innings; one earned) in a no-decision his last time up.

Still, talent-wise the Nats have the edge here; unless Urena just has a crazy-good start I don’t see Washington losing.

Washington Nationals -215

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