Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins Betting Preview
Where: Marlins Park – Miami, FL
When: Monday, June 19, 2017 – 7:10 PM ET
TV Broadcast: FS-A / FS-F
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Betting on the Washington Nationals (42-27)
The Washington Nationals had their three-game winning streak snapped over the weekend with a 5-1 defeat to the New York Mets in their series finale. The Nats simply had no answer for Jacob deGrom who not only pitched eight innings of one-run ball on Sunday but also hit his first major league home run. With the loss, Washington dropped down to 42-27 in the NL East standings.
The Nats will look to return to the win column when they face the Miami Marlins tonight. Starting for Washington in this divisional matchup is right-hander Tanner Roark (6-4, 4.39 ERA). The right-hander has struggled mightily in his last three starts (1-2), allowing 13 earned runs over 18.2 innings. He will look to turn things around against the Marlins whom he defeated in his season debut on April 5. Roark allowed just two runs and struck out six Miami hitters in that said contest.
With Roark struggling with his command right now, the onus is on the Washington hitters to provide some crucial run support tonight. Expected to lead the Nats offense in the series opener against the Marlins is second baseman Daniel Murphy. He is batting 12-of-28 in his last seven games for the Nats with a homer and five RBIs. Murphy leads Washington in hits this campaign with 89.
The Nationals are 7-3 in their last 10 road games. They are pegged at +700 to win the 2017 World Series.
Betting on the Miami Marlins (30-37)
Now is the time for the Marlins to make inroads on the Nationals. Eleven games separate Miami and Washington in the NL East standings and time is slowly running out for the Marlins in their bid to reach the postseason for the first time since their title-winning campaign in 2003. The Marlins have picked things up of late, winning 13 of their last 20 games. Momentum was somewhat halted over the weekend when they suffered back-to-back walk-off losses to Atlanta in their first-ever trip to SunTrust Park.
Grabbing Monday’s series opener, therefore, will be crucial for manager Don Mattingly and the rest of the Marlins. Starting for Miami in the opening game of this three-game set is Justin Nicolino (0-1, 4.15 ERA). The left-hander will be making his first start since May 30. Nicolino rejoins the Marlins starting rotation after missing two weeks with a blood blister on his left index finger. The 25-year-old looked solid in his rehab start on Tuesday, allowing two earned runs over six innings in his debut with High-A Jupiter.
Nicolino can’t do it all alone, though, and he needs the Miami hitters to contribute on the offensive end as well tonight. Expected to lead the Marlins in that department are Tyler Moore and Marcell Ozuna. Moore has taken full advantage of Justin Bour’s stint on the disabled list, hitting .341 (14 for 41) in 11 starts at first base with five homers, four doubles and 14 RBIs. Ozuna, on the other hand, is batting .333 in his last five outings with three home runs and six RBIs. He belted his 18th home run of the season in Sunday’s loss to the Braves.
The Marlins are 9-1 in their last 10 home games. They are pegged at +15,000 to win the 2017 World Series.
Washington (-107) wins, 6-3.
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