The MLB is back on Friday evening as the Miami Marlins will head to Nationals Park in Washington D.C. to clash with the Washington Nationals in game two of their four-game series. The Marlins will give the nod to Dan Straily and the Nationals will counter with Gio Gonzalez.
Miami Marlins Form
The Miami Marlins did not have a good start of the season and this cost them a place in the playoffs. However, it seems that the Marlins are hitting top form as they have won 4 of their last 7 games. Yet, they took a step back as they lost the last game against the Nationals with a score of 14-12. The Marlins have averaged 3.79 runs per game and have allowed 5.70 runs per game on the road so far.
Dan Straily record against the Nationals stands at 0-1 with a 4.03 ERA in five starts, including 0-1 with a 5.63 ERA in three starts here at Nationals Park.
On the offensive side of the game, the Marlins have been poor this season so far as they are placed on the 28th spot in the league in scoring, putting up 3.67 runs per game, while also being 20th in hitting at .240 and 29th place in homers with a total of 69 so far. On the mound, they have been poor as they are placed on the 24th place in the league in ERA at 4.62, while also being placed on the 24th place in WHIP at 1.37 and 21st in K’s with 706.
Washington Nationals Form
The Nationals are one of the better teams in the National League East. They head into this game after winning the first one with a score of 14-12. They are the favourites to win the National League East and my expectation is that they will be able to do exactly that. However, they need to win games like this one in order to maintain their level of consistency. The Nationals have averaged 4.00 runs per game and have allowed 4.05 runs per game here at home for the year so far.
Gio Gonzalez, record against the Marlins stands at 10-3 with a 1.85 ERA in 16 starts. Gonzalez has gone 40-26 with a 3.18 ERA in 96 career starts in this field.
On the offensive side of the game, the Nats are below average this year as they are placed on the 21st place in the league in scoring, putting up 4.18 runs per game, while also being 21st in hitting at .249 and 16th place in homers with a total of 98 so far. On the mound, they have been very good as they are placed on the 10th spot in the league in ERA at 3.74, while also being 5th in WHIP at 1.18 and 6th in K’s with 787.
The Marlins have performed well lately. They were very competitive in the first game against the Nationals and were unlucky to lose that game. On the other side, the Nationals are one of the better teams in their division. It seems that they improved their offensive stats in the last game and I can see them being efficient in this game again. The Nationals are the better team and I expect a fully committed performance by them in this game. Go for Washington in this one.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals 07/06/2018 is: Take the Washington Nationals -205 (money line bet)
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