Joe Ross (3-2, 2.29 ERA) and Jose Fernandez (4-2, 3.54 ERA) take the hill in the last of a four-game series between the Washington Nationals (23-14) and the Miami Marlins (19-17) at Nationals Park. The Marlins won the last game 7-1, and Washington leads the series 2-1. Action begins at 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 15 and can be seen on MAS2 and FSFL.
Ross pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs, striking out four and walking two in a 5-4 defeat to the Tigers. Daniel Murphy (.403, 22 Rs, 5 HRs, 23 RBIs, 1 SB) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4. Fernandez went 7.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out 11 and walking four in a 4-1 win over the Brewers in his last outing. Derek Dietrich (.312, 8 Rs, 2 HRs, 14 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
The odds for Washington and Miami are Marlins -115, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.
The Nationals lead the season series, 5-4.
Predictions: SU Winner - WAS
The Nationals sit at 13-8 against the division, while the Marlins are struggling at 7-11.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Nationals are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Marlins have a 7-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Nationals are 3-10. The Marlins have a 4-12 record when opponents outhit them.
Miami ranks near the bottom of the league at 21st when it comes to home runs, hitting 34 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 with 46.
Ranking 17th, Washington is in the bottom half of the league in hits, notching 8.22 per game. Miami ranks in the top five with 9.44.
Ranking 13th, Washington is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.735). Miami ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .758.
When the Marlins allow at least one home run, they are 8-7, well-matched with the Nationals who are 12-11 when allowing at least one homer.