Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals
|Date & Time||Saturday May 25, 2019, 4:05 PM (EDT)|
Washington Nationals -215 / Miami Marlins +195 O/U: 8
The Miami Marlins and the Washington Nationals will continue their four-game MLB set on Saturday.
In the Friday opener of this set, the Nationals scored six runs in the seventh and eighth innings and held on for a 12-10 victory full of offensive fireworks.
For the Saturday game, the Marlins will be sending out RHP Sandy Alcantara for the start. In his 53.0 innings and 2-4 mark this year, Alcantara has a 4.25 ERA with 36 Ks and 24 BBs.
Miami had some early-inning success in the Friday loss, putting up eight runs in the first five innings and just two in the final four frames. As a team, the Marlins managed 15 hits in that one.
Over on the Nationals’ side, they’re going with Patrick Corbin in the start Saturday. In his 63.2 innings and 4-2 mark this season, Corbin has a 3.25 ERA with 76 Ks and 21 BBs.
Washington had some big hitters in the Friday victory, and needed every one of them. Juan Soto had a nice night with a three-run homer and two runs alongside his three hits.
The Marlins are 7-17 in their last 24 in game two of a series and 2-5 in Alcantara’s last seven road starts. Miami is 2-5 in Alcantara’s last seven starts and 2-6 in his last eight versus the NL East.
Meanwhile, the Nationals are 10-4 in their last 14 Saturday games and 5-2 in Corbin’s last seven starts. Washington is 5-2 in Corbin’s last seven starts on grass and the under is 4-1 in their last five in game two of a series.
Alcantara had a pretty sketchy six-game stretch recently, giving up a total of 23 earned runs across those half-dozen games, but posted a two-hit complete-game shutout his last time up against the Mets.
As for Corbin, he had a streak of three quality starts snapped his last time up—coincidentally against the Mets—with four earned on six hits in 5.0 innings.
Though I think Alcantara will pitch pretty well here, I don’t have enough confidence in the Miami offense to help out. I’m going to take the Nationals; it seems like the safer play.