The MLB brings more action today as the Washington Nationals will face the Miami Marlins at the Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. The Nationals will start this game with Stephen Strasburg and the Marlins will counter with Sandy Alcantara.
Washington Nationals Form
The Nationals still have a chance for a playoff spot this season. However, their hopes are slim based on the fact that they are 7.5 games away from the first spot in the National League East. They had good games against the Braves as they won two of the three-game series. The general expectation was that the Nationals will dominate the division, however, that did not happen
The Nationals have averaged 4.46 runs per game and has allowed 3.82 runs per game on the road this year.
Stephen Strasburg will start this game and his record against the Marlins stands at 16-7 with a 3.03 ERA in 29 starts, including 6-5 with a 3.92 ERA in 11 starts here at Marlins Park.
On the offensive side of the game, the Nationals have been decent this season as they are placed on the 11th spot in the league in scoring, putting up an average of 4.70 runs per game, while also being on the 11th spot in hitting at .252 and 13th spot in homers with a total of 178. On the mound, they have been below average as they are placed on the 16th spot in the league in ERA at 4.00, while also being on the 8th spot in WHIP at 1.24 and on the 10th place in K’s with 1300.
Miami Marlins Form
The Marlins are one of the worst teams this season. They had a few departures in the offence department and that has cost them this year. However, they aim to rebuild for next season and is expected that they will be better. Their current form is also not good enough as they won only 5 of their last 18 games in the league. The Marlins have averaged 3.40 runs per game and have allowed 4.12 runs per game here at home for the year.
On the offensive side of the game, the Marlins have been poor this season as they are placed on the 30th spot in the league in scoring, putting up an average of 3.67 runs per game. They are also placed on the 26th spot in hitting at .238 and 30th place in homers with a total of 122. On the mound, they have been poor as they are on the 26th spot in the league in ERA at 4.86, while also being on the 23rd spot in WHIP at 1.39 and 25th place in K’s with 1160.
The Nationals did not live to their expectations this season. They were the favourites to win the division in a dominant way but that did not happen. They still have a chance to get a playoff spot but it will be very hard. Still, they will fight until the end and I expect that they will win this game against a poor Marlins team. Go for the Nationals in this one.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins on 09/18/2018
is: Take the Washington Nationals -195 (money line bet)
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