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Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins - 8/19/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Miami Marlins (49-76) at Washington Nationals (62-62)
Date & Time Sunday August 19, 2018, 1:35 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Washington Nationals -255 / Miami Marlins +233 --- Over/Under: 9
TV Channel
MAS2, FSFL
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MLB | Miami Marlins (49-76) at Washington Nationals (62-62)
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The Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals meet Sunday in MLB action at Nationals Park.

The Miami Marlins could use a win after losing 11 of their last 14 games. The Marlins have scored 11 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Miami Marlins have lost eight straight games when scoring three or less runs. Starlin Castro leads the Marlins with 134 hits and 44 RBI while Brian Anderson and Derek Dietrich have combined for 246 hits and 93 RBI. Pablo Lopez gets the ball, and he is 2-3 with a 4.79 ERA and 38 strikeouts this season. Lopez is 0-1 with a 7.59 ERA and six strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

The Washington Nationals also need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Nationals have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their lat eight games. The Washington Nationals have won 11 of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs. Trea Turner leads the Nationals with 135 hits and 52 RBI while Anthony Rendon and Bryce Harper have combined for 217 hits and 139 RBI. Gio Gonzalez gets the ball, and he is 7-9 with a 4.12 ERA and 113 strikeouts this season. Gonzalez is 10-3 with a 1.89 ERA and 111 strikeouts in his career against the Marlins.

The Marlins are 7-19 in their last 26 during game 3 of a series, 4-10 in their last 14 Sunday games and 16-37 in their last 53 vs. National League East. The Nationals are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series, 7-2 in Gonzalezs last 9 home starts and 1-5 in Gonzalezs last 6 starts. The Marlins are 14-39 in the last 53 meetings in Washington, 7-20 in the last 27 meetings and the Nationals are 5-1 in Gonzalezs last 6 starts vs. Marlins.

The Miami Marlins have won back-to-back games just twice in the second half of the season, and the offense has done little to nothing in the month of August. Gonzalez has been hit or miss this season overall, but the South Florida pitcher has owned the Marlins over the years, which includes going 7-1 against them in his last eight games at Nationals Park. There's no real reason to consider the fish here. Give me the Nats and the RL to give the bet actual value.

Pick:
Washington Nationals -1.5

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