The Washington Nationals (50-35) and Miami Marlins (42-45) will continue a three-game National League East series on Sunday afternoon at Marlins Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:10 ET
Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins
Washington has split the first two games of this series, dropping a 2-1 contest on Saturday afternoon, but the club has won 14 of 17 previous series when winning the opening contest. The Nationals went just 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position, and are hitting .139 in that situation in losing four of five against the Fish. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will need to lead the charge offensively, going 7 for 19 with three home runs against today’s opposing starter since the 2009 campaign. Washington is 7-4 as a road favorite of -125 to -150, with the “over” going 6-4 in those contests.
Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (9-4, 2.82 ERA) has lost his last three outings, allowing nine runs (eight earned) and 16 hits over 15 innings in that span. The right-hander is 5-2 with a 2.94 ERA in nine road outings, issuing 19 walks and striking out 75 batters in 52 frames. Strasburg has allowed one run or less in four of his five career assignments against the Marlins.
Miami has won five of its last six home games and newly acquired first baseman Carlos Lee seems to be adjusting to his new surroundings, knocking in his first run as a member of the team since being acquired from the Houston Astros on July 4. The Marlins should have outfielder Logan Morrison back in the lineup on Sunday, as he sat out yesterday’s game due to a left-handed starter, hitting safely in 11 of his last 12 contests. Miami is 16-15 in day games this year.
Marlins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco (8-6, 4.35 ERA) has been brilliant in his last two efforts, allowing just three runs (two earned) and 15 hits over 13 frames in picking up wins over the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals. The right-hander is 3-4 with a 4.36 ERA in nine home starts this year, issuing 20 walks and striking out 38 batters in 53.2 combined innings. In 16 career games (14 starts) versus the Nationals, Nolasco has compiled a 9-3 record and 3.97 ERA.
Bettors will likely back the Nationals due to their 10-1 mark in Strasburg’s last 11 starts during game three of a series, while the Marlins are 20-50 as a home underdog.
Pick: Washington Nationals -138
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