Stephen Strasburg (5-0, 2.76 ERA) and Justin Nicolino (2-0, 2.79 ERA) start in the second of a four-game series between the Washington Nationals (22-13) and the Miami Marlins (18-16) at Nationals Park. The Nationals won the last game 5-3, and Washington leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 1:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 14 and can be seen on MASN and FSFL.
Strasburg pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs, striking out 11 and walking three in a 5-4 win over the Tigers. Bryce Harper (.278, 23 Rs, 11 HRs, 29 RBIs, 5 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 2 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. Nicolino went 6.0 innings, surrendering three runs (one unearned), striking out one and walking one in a 6-5 defeat to the Phillies in his last outing. Giancarlo Stanton (.250, 19 Rs, 10 HRs, 24 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Marlins, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
The odds for Washington and Miami are unavailable, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable.
The Nationals lead the season series, 4-3.
Predictions: SU Winner - WAS
The Nationals sit at 12-7 against the division, while the Marlins are struggling at 6-10.
When leading after seven innings, Washington is 9-6, while Miami is 6-8.
The Marlins managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Nationals who are heading in with a 1-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Nationals are 17-3. The Marlins have a 14-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 21st in runs, Miami has earned 138 this season. Washington ranks 12th with 153 runs.
Ranking 21st, Miami is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 99 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 127.
The Nationals are 17-7 when they hit at least one home run. The Marlins perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 14-7 record.