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Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins - 5/24/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals
Date & Time Friday May 24, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)
Nationals Park
Washington, DC
The Line
Washington Nationals -150 / Miami Marlins +130
TV Channel
FS-Florida, MASN
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The Miami Marlins and the Washington Nationals meet in game one of a three game NL East division weekend set from Nationals Park in MLB action on Friday night.

The Miami Marlins will look to extend their current winning streak which right now sits at six games after a 2nd straight series sweep following a 5-2 win over Detroit on Thursday. Garrett Cooper had a home run and four RBIs while Neil Walker added an RBI to round out Miami’s scoring as a team in the win. Austin Dean had a double while Starlin Castro, Harold Ramirez, Jorge Alfaro and Miguel Rojas each had base hits as well in the victory. Trevor Richards allowed one run on eight hits while striking out six over 5.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Tyler Kinley got the win to improve to 1-0 this season while Sergio Romo closed out the 9th for his 9th save of the season. Pablo Lopez will start the opener and is 3-5 with a 5.06 ERA and 49 strikeouts this season. In his career, Lopez is 0-1 with a 7.59 ERA and 6 strikeouts against Washington.

The Washington Nationals need a win after losing five in a row, including a 6-4 loss to the New York Mets on Thursday, resulting in a four game sweep at the hands of their division rival. Gerardo Parra had two RBIs while Yan Gomes had a double and an RBI in the losing effort for the Nats. Juan Soto went 3 for 3 with a triple and a double while Trea Turner and Brian Dozier each had a double with Dozier going 2 for 4 at the dish. Victor Robles and Adam Eaton each had two hits while Anthony Rendon had a base knock as well in the loss for Washington. Stephen Strasburg gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits while striking out five over seven innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Wander Suero took the loss, falling to 1-4 on the year. Kevin McGowan will start game one and is making his regular season debut after going 0-0 with a 5.19 ERA and 8 strikeouts for the Mets in 2017.

Miami is 3-12 in Lopez’s last 15 starts and 17-36 in their last 53 games overall while the under is 10-3 in their last 13 road games against a right-handed starter. Washington is 8-20 in their last 28 games overall and 0-4 in their last 4 division games while the over is 31-15-3 in their last 49 home games. Miami is 8-22 in the last 30 meetings between these two teams and 16-42 in the last 58 meetings between these two teams in Washington.

Putting money on the Marlins isn’t going to be a sound strategy to make money for the entire season, but the Fish have been nothing but money over the last week. Sweeping the Tigers is meh, but the Marlins also swept the Mets, the same Mets that just took it to Washington over the last few days, sweeping their four game set. Lopez has also been knocked around, but he has thrown shutouts in three of his last five starts while McGowan hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2017 and has never started a game in his career. I could be wrong, but this sounds like another great opportunity to cash in on the Marlins in an underdog role, so I’ll take Miami to extend their winning streak at plus money on Friday.

Miami Marlins +130

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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