In the first of a three-game series between the Miami Marlins (21-19) and the Washington Nationals (25-16) at Marlins Park, Justin Nicolino (2-1, 3.75 ERA) and Tanner Roark (2-3, 3.10 ERA) get the start. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 20 and will air on MASN and FSFL.
In his most recent outing, Nicolino pitched 4.2 innings, allowing four runs, striking out one and walking five in a 6-4 loss to the Nationals. Christian Yelich (.322, 24 Rs, 5 HRs, 20 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong season Wednesday, going 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI. The Nationals were also unsuccessful the last time Roark pitched. He struggled, going 5.0 innings, giving up seven runs, striking out five and walking three in a 7-1 loss to the Marlins. Daniel Murphy (.397, 24 Rs, 6 HRs, 27 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well for the Nationals, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
The odds are Nationals -125 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 8.5.
Predictions: SU Winner - WAS
The Marlins hold a 9-13 record this season against teams in the NL East Division. The Nationals' record in these matchups is 15-10.
The Marlins managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Nationals who are coming in with an 8-8 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Nationals have a slight leg up on the Marlins, as the Nationals have won their last two games while the Marlins have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Nationals are 20-4. The Marlins have a 16-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd in runs, Miami has earned 162 this season. Washington ranks 14th with 177 runs.
Ranking 18th, Miami is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 121 this season. Washington ranks in the top five with 159.
The Marlins are 17-8 when they hit at least one home run. The Nationals perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 19-8 record.