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(0-1) Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals (1-0)
Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Time: 4:05 PM ET
Venue: Nationals Park, Washington DC
Projected Pitchers: Tom Koehler vs. Gio Gonzalez
MLB Moneyline Odds: Miami +100 | Washington +135
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Washington -1.5
MLB Betting Total: 8.5
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The Marlins were a team poised to contend last year, they had a talented core, led by a couple of perennial All Stars in Jose Fernandez and Giancarlo Stanton.
Surrounding them was a mix of young prospects that were yet to bloom and aging veterans for stability.
The team fell short of the playoffs, for the 13th straight year, but had their best winning percentage since 2010 and hope to continue to build towards the playoffs.
Tom Koehler will take the mound for the Marlins on Thursday against the Nationals and has been a model of consistency in his last three years with the Marlins.
That consistency is that of an average pitcher, but consistent none the less.
He’s been between 176 and 191 innings pitched over that span, with an ERA never lower than 3.83 and never higher than 4.33.
His best season was the first of the bunch, and it’s possible that he’s regressing, but is a handy back of the rotation starter.
The Nationals continue to fall just short of their ultimate goal, a World Series appearance and victory, but it’s not for lack of trying.
They have arguably one of the top three position players in the league that is still young and cost controlled.
They also employ the reigning Cy Young and one of the better pitchers in the league in Max Scherzer.
And they’ve remained competitive each year, but have simply fallen short when it matters.
Taking the mound on Thursday will be LHP Gio Gonzalez, a pitcher in a steady decline from his apex in 2012.
He posted an ERA mark of 2.89 with a strikeout rate of more than one per inning. Since then, his ERA has increased in each consecutive year to a career high of 4.57 in 177 innings pitched.
If you scratch below the surface, much of his batted ball metrics have remained close to what they were when he was at his best and his FIP represents a better pitcher than the one we’ve seen.
It’s possible that Gonzalez has a little fight in him left and the Nationals will need it if they’re to be successful.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- WAS are 19-8 in their last 27 games as a favorite
- WAS are 6-2 in Gonzalezs last 8 starts vs. MIA
- MIA are 1-7 in Koehlers last 8 starts vs. WAS
Free Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals MLB Prediction:
The Nationals are simply a more well balanced team and have a better pitching matchup in this game, expect the Nationals to notch another victory in the win column.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Washington Nationals
Koehler is mediocre and has struggled against the Nationals; Gonzalez won’t light the world on fire, but can still be effective with a good defense behind him.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Miami 3 – Washington 1
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