Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 2.19 ERA) is on the hill for the Washington Nationals (21-13) as they square off against Tom Koehler (2-3, 5.83 ERA) and the Miami Marlins (18-15) in the first of a four-game series at Nationals Park. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 13 and can be seen on MAS2 and FSFL.
Gonzalez pitched 5.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering five runs, striking out two and walking one in an 8-5 defeat to the Cubs. Daniel Murphy (.409, 22 Rs, 5 HRs, 22 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play Wednesday, going 3 for 4 with two RBIs. Koehler went 7.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out eight and walking two in a 4-3 defeat to the Phillies in his most recent start. Derek Dietrich (.319, 6 Rs, 2 HRs, 13 RBIs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday.
Expect a growing line here, as the Nationals opened in the -160 range for this one. Tom Koehler has some pretty big home/road splits, so the market will likely side with Washington. The total of 8 could also be on the move.
The Nationals sit at 11-7 against their divisional rivals, while the Marlins are 6-9.
Miami has won 46% (6-7) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Washington has won 57% (8-6) of its games when taking a late lead.
After a weak showing last week where they got in five hits, the Marlins need to step it up. The Nationals have a record of 9-0 when opponents get five hits or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Nationals are 16-3. The Marlins have a 14-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 20th, Miami sits in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 135 this season. Washington ranks in the top half at 12th with 148.
Ranking 15th, Washington is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.731). Miami ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .762.
When the Marlins allow at least one home run, they are 8-5. When the Nationals allow one or more homers, they have an 11-10 record.