Jarred Cosart (1-4, 5.04 ERA) and Gio Gonzalez (10-7, 3.96 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Miami Marlins (59-81) and the Washington Nationals (71-68) at Marlins Park. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 11 and can be seen on FSFL and MAS2.
Cosart pitched 4.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out three and walking one in a 4-3 defeat to the Mets. Gonzalez went 6.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out 10 and walking four in an 8-2 win over the Braves in his most recent start. Bryce Harper (.336, 104 Rs, 36 HRs, 85 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Nationals, going 3 for 4 Wednesday with three runs, two home runs, and two RBIs.
The odds for Miami and Washington are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. Within its division, Miami has a record of 23-34 SU. The Marlins are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 337. Miami is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 102 bases.
The Nationals are 33-24 against teams in their division. Offensively, the Nationals have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.4 runs per game by averaging 6.5 during that stretch. Washington is excellent at drawing walks with 3.2 per road game, ranking third in the NL. The Nationals average 4.1 runs allowed per game, but does better whenever another team from the NL East is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average down to 3.5 against division foes. When it comes to issuing walks, the Nationals have the fewest in the NL with only 2.2 walks allowed per game.
The Marlins have a 12-17 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Gonzalez takes the mound. Cosart (RHP) will be on the hill against the Nationals, who have a 53-52 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Was
The Marlins hold a 23-34 record this season against teams in the NL East Division. The Nationals' record in these matchups is 33-24.
The Marlins are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Nationals have a 21-34 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
It looks like the Marlins have a slight leg up on the Nationals, as the Marlins have won their last two games while the Nationals have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Marlins are 42-20. The Nationals have a 56-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 29th in runs, Miami has earned 521 this season. Washington ranks eighth with 615 runs.
Ranking 28th, Miami is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 328 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 455.
When the Marlins hit at least one home run, they are 36-39. When the Nationals hit at least one homer, they have a 54-35 record.