Jose Fernandez (5-2, 3.21 ERA) and the Miami Marlins (21-20) square off against Joe Ross (3-3, 2.63 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (26-16) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the second of a three-game series at Marlins Park. The Nationals won the last game 4-1, and Washington leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 21 and can be seen on FOX.
Fernandez pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out 11 and walking three in a 5-1 win over the Nationals. Marcell Ozuna (.301, 24 Rs, 8 HRs, 22 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Ross went 5.2 innings, surrendering five runs (two unearned), striking out three and walking two in a 5-1 defeat to the Marlins in his most recent start. Bryce Harper (.256, 26 Rs, 11 HRs, 29 RBIs, 7 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
The Marlins are a -140 favorite with a total of 7.
Pick - WAS
The Nationals sit at 16-10 against the division, while the Marlins are 9-14
Having scored one run in their last game, the Marlins are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Nationals have a 14-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
It looks like the Nationals have a slight leg up on the Marlins, as the Nationals have won their last three games while the Marlins have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Marlins are 16-4. The Nationals have a 20-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd in runs, Miami has earned 163 this season. Washington ranks 12th with 181 runs.
Ranking 14th, Washington is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.731). Miami ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .754.
When the Nationals allow at least one home run, they are 14-13. When the Marlins allow one or more homers, they have a 9-10 record.