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Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins - 7/3/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals
Date & Time Wednesday July 3, 2019, 6:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Nationals Park
Washington, DC
The Line
Washington Nationals: -1.5 (-135) / Miami Marlins: 1.5 (+115)
TV Channel
FS-Florida, MASN2
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The Miami Marlins and the Washington Nationals meet in game two of a three game NL East division set from Nationals Park in MLB action on Wednesday.

The Miami Marlins will look to bounce back after dropping the series opener on Tuesday by a final score of 3-2. Miguel Rojas went 3 for 3 with an RBI while Garrett Cooper added an RBI of his own as well in the loss. Cesar Puello had a double while Harold Ramirez and Starlin Castro each had base hits in the defeat for the Fish. Zac Gallen gave up two runs on three hits, not factoring in the decision in the start after just two innings of work. Jose Quijada took the loss, falling to 0-2 on the year in relief. Sandy Alcantara will start game two and is 4-7 with a 3.86 ERA and 65 strikeouts this season. In his career, Alcantara is 0-4 with a 9.00 ERA and 9 strikeouts against Washington.

The Washington Nationals will look to keep the momentum going after starting the series with a win on Tuesday. Juan Soto led the charge by going 2 for 3 with a home run, a triple and two RBIs while Trea Turner added a double and an RBI of his own to round out Washington’s scoring as a team in the win. Victor Robles had a double while Adam Eaton, Howie Kendrick and Ryan Zimmerman each chipped in a base hit as well in the winning effort. Patrick Corbin gave up one run on six hits while striking out seven over seven innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Sean Doolittle picked up the win in relief to improve to 5-2 on the year. Stephen Strasburg will start game two and is 9-4 with a 3.88 ERA and 124 strikeouts this season. In his career, Strasburg is 19-7 with a 2.97 ERA and 197 strikeouts against Miami.

Miami is 4-10 in Alcantara’s last 14 starts and 22-47 in their last 69 road games while the over is 5-2-1 in their last 8 games overall. Washington is 40-11 in Strasburg’s last 51 division starts and 10-2 in their last 12 division games while the over is 38-14-2 in Strasburg’s last 54 home starts. Washington is 23-7 in Strasburg’s last 30 starts against Miami and 13-3 in Strasburg’s last 16 home starts against the Marlins while Miami is 0-4 in Alcantara’s last 4 starts against Washington.

These two starters met in their respective last times on the mound, and while Strasburg was touched up for four runs in seven innings, Alcantara’s struggles against Washington continued, allowing six runs in six innings. The bottom line here is that you have a Washington team that’s red hot right now, with a pitcher in Strasburg on the mound who has been pretty much money against Miami for the bulk of his career, going up against a Marlins team that is hit and miss and has had no luck with Alcantara on the mound against the Nats. I’ll side with Washington here and to cut down on some of the heavy juice, I’ll side with the Nationals on the RL.

Pick:
Washington Nationals: -1.5 (-135)

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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