Washington Nationals (49-51) at Miami Marlins (44-59)
|Date & Time||Thursday July 26, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Miami Marlins +165 / Washington Nationals -175 --- Over/Under: 8
Down at Marlins Park on Thursday, the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins will be kicking off their weekend MLB set.
The Nationals are coming off a set against the Brewers. After dropping the first two games 6-1 and 5-4, on Wednesday the Nats stopped the sweep with a 7-3 win.
Stephen Strasburg will be taking the mound for the Nats on Thursday. Across his 85.1 innings and 6-7 mark this year, Strasburg has a 3.90 ERA with 101 Ks and 21 BBs.
Trea Turner is the only Nationals player in triple-digit hits with 105 coming into the Brewers finale alongside 56 runs, 12 homers and 40 RBI. On Wednesday, Turner went 0-for-4.
Over on the Marlins’ side, they played the Braves twice this week. Miami lost the opener 12-1 but won on Tuesday 9-3.
Miami is carting out RHP Dan Straily on Thursday. In his 78.1 innings and 4-4 record this year, Straily has a 4.02 ERA with 63 Ks and 37 BBs.
The Marlins’ lead hitter this year is Starlin Castro, with 116 hits, 60 runs and 40 RBI so far. Brian Anderson isn’t too far behind with his 113 hits, 59 runs and 49 RBI on the season.
The Nationals are 5-2 in their last seven Thursday games and 3-11 in their last 14 in game one of a series. Washington is 5-2 in Strasburg’s last seven Thursday starts and 35-16 in his last 51 road starts.
Meanwhile, the Marlins are 10-4 in the last 14 in game one of a series and 8-3 in Straily’s last 11 home starts. Miami is 0-4 in Straily’s last four Thursday starts and 3-7 in his last 10 starts overall.
Strasburg has had a couple of rough outings in his last pair, with nine earned runs over a span of 6.2 innings on 13 total hits. As for Straily, he’s been pretty solid lately with five straight quality starts. This might not be a bad spot to snag the Marlins.