The Miami Marlins are awful, and everyone knew they would be when the season began. But the Washington Nationals have not been much better this season, which has been a huge disappointment for a team that was expected to be in the race for the National League East title.
There is still time to turn things around, but Washington needs to do so in a hurry or risk staring at another wasted year. The Nationals will host the Marlins on Monday in a game that means a lot to them. Washington can’t give away winnable contests like this if it has any chance of clawing back toward .500 this year in MLB odds.
This MLB game between the Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals will be held at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. at 1 p.m. ET on Monday, May 27th, 2019. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
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The Marlins have a record of 16-31 on the season. They have been awful both at home and away and their run-differential of negative-82 is a reminder that there is little hope on the horizon. Miami has by far the worst offense in the major leagues and it is going to be a struggle to score in this one.
The Nationals have much more talent but sit with only a slightly better record at 19-30. Washington has tumbled of late and has only three wins in its past 10 games. The Nationals are only 10-14 at home and must begin to catch fire to turn things around in MLB gambling.
Miami is scheduled to send right-hander Jose Urena to the mound. He is 2-6 on the year with a 4.30 ERA. Urena has found a groove in his past three starts, allowing only four combined runs over 19 innings pitched. He does not have great peripheral numbers and the Nationals should be able to get after him if they are patient.
The Nationals are sending their ace, Max Scherzer, to the hill. He is 2-5 with a 3.41 ERA on the season but has the pure talent to mow down the Marlins in this one. Scherzer tossed six shutout innings last time out against the Mets and has a fantastic strikeout rate which bodes well moving forward. Look for Scherzer to come out on a mission in this one.
6. Somehow, that’s the number of victories the Marlins were able to scratch together in a row recently. Miami is the worst team in baseball but in a long season sometimes teams find some fluky luck. The Marlins won three games at home against the Mets and three on the road against the Tigers, so it’s not like the competition was very good, but for this team it was still a nice accomplishment.
That winning streak means nothing in the grand scheme of things, but if some money comes in on the Marlins because they are hot, it can help the odds for bettors who wisely choose the Nationals.
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It remains to be seen if Washington can turn it around this season, but there is little doubt how this one is going to turn out. Scherzer is going to mow down the Marlins, and the Nationals should put up enough runs to pick up the victory. The “under” could be the right pick on the runline in MLB betting.
MLB Pick: Washington Nationals 4, Miami Marlins 2
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