The Miami Marlins (7-6) and Washington Nationals (10-4) will open up a three-game National League East series on Friday night inside Nationals Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 ET.

Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals

Miami Marlins SP Carlos Zambrano is 3-0 with a 0.47 ERA in three career starts inside Nationals Park

Miami tallied a 5-3 comeback victory at home against the Chicago Cubs, as it also served as the team’s fourth-straight win.  The Marlins have been very pleased with their new ball park in the early going, especially since it prevents rain delays for pitchers.  “Night and day difference from Sun Life,” commented Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco.  Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen knows this series is important, especially because of tonight’s opponent start to the season.  “Every series, every game is important to us,” he commented Thursday afternoon.  Miami is 0-3 as a road underdog of +100 to +125 this season, while the “over” is 2-1 in those contests.

Marlins starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano (0-0, 3.75 ERA) is still searching for his first decision of the year, as the team has dropped two one-run contests in his two outings.  The right-hander has a great chance to pick up a victory in this matchup, coming in with an 8-3 record and 3.35 ERA, including a perfect 3-0 mark and 0..47 ERA in three starts inside this ball park.

Washington saw its three-game win streak snapped on Thursday night in suffering an 11-4 home loss to the Houston Astros.  The Nationals found themselves down by five runs after the first inning and never recovered.  “We battled back,” stated Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman.  “You can’t win every game.”  It was a shocking final score when you consider that the pitching staff came into the contest leading the majors with a 1.92 ERA.  Washington is 2-0 at home with a money line of -100 to -125, while the “under” is 0-2 in those contests.

Nationals starting pitcher Ross Detwiler (1-0, 0.90 ERA) has lasted five innings in each of his first two starts, picking up a no-decision in an 8-5 home loss to the Cincinnati Reds last time out.  The left-hander allowed five runs (one earned) and six hits in that outing.  Detwiler has made 34 career appearances (24 starts) at night, posting a 5-12 record and 4.05 ERA.  In two relief appearances versus the Marlins, he has tossed four scoreless innings.

Bettors will likely back the Marlins due to their 2-0 record versus left-handed starters this year, while the Nationals are 0-4 in Detwiler’s last four Friday starts.

Recommendation: Miami Marlins +101

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