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Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals - 7/27/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington Nationals (51-51) at Miami Marlins (44-60)
Date & Time Friday July 27, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Miami Marlins +226 / Washington Nationals -247 --- Over/Under: 7.5
TV Channel
MASN, FSFL
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MLB | Washington Nationals (51-51) at Miami Marlins (44-60)
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The Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins meet Friday in MLB action at Marlins Park.

The Washington Nationals look for another victory after splitting their last six games. The Nationals have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Washington Nationals have won three of their last four games when scoring more than one run. Trea Turner leads the Nationals with 108 hits and 43 RBI while Anthony Rendon and Bryce Harper have combined for 164 hits and 107 RBI. Max Scherzer gets the ball, and he is 13-5 with a 2.43 ERA and 189 strikeouts this season. Scherzer is 9-3 with a 3.51 ERA and 109 strikeouts in his career against the Marlins. 

The Miami Marlins could use a win here after losing three of their last four games. The Marlins have scored 13 runs in their last three games and three or more runs in five of their last six games. The Miami Marlins have won three of their last five games when scoring more than one run. Starlin Castro leads the Marlins with 118 hits and 40 RBI while Brian Anderson and Derek Dietrich have combined for 213 hits and 85 RBI. Pablo Lopez gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 5.09 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. This will be Lopez’s second career game against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 5-14 in their last 19 road games, 36-16 in Scherzers last 52 road starts and 49-20 in Scherzers last 69 starts. The Marlins are 5-1 in their last 6 games vs. a right-handed starter and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Nationals are 6-0 in the last 6 meetings in Miami, 21-7 in the last 28 meetings and 4-0 in Scherzers last 4 starts vs. Marlins.

The Miami Marlins have actually had some success against Scherzer, as current fish are hitting .241 against him with eight homers in 174 at bats. However, Lopez has been rocked in his first 23 big league innings, which includes giving up five runs in five innings against these Nationals earlier this month. This is also pretty much do or die time for the Washington Nationals if they hope to gain ground in the playoff race, as you can't blow games like this. Give me the Nats and the RL to add value to the bet. 

Pick:
Washington Nationals -1.5

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