Miami vs Washington MLB Odds Analysis

Posted by Aaron . on May 12, 2016 in

On Friday night, the Miami Marlins will open a weekend series in Washington against the Nationals. The Nationals (21-13) are in second place in the National League East and just beat the Detroit Tigers, 3-2, on Wednesday. The Marlins (18-15) are 2 ½ games behind the Nationals in the East and just beat the Brewers, 3-2, on Wednesday night. Find the latest MLB sports betting odds here.

Miami Marlins vs Washington Nationals MLB Odds Analysis

When: Friday, May 13, 2016, 7:05 PM Eastern time
Where: Nationals Park, Washington, DC
TV: FSFL, MAS2
Radio: 106.7 FM The Fan Washington DC
Live Stream: MLB.tv
MLB Odds: TBA
Pitching Matchup: Tom Koehler (2-3, 5.83 ERA) (MIA) vs Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 2.19 ERA) (WAS)

 

 

Why should you bet on Miami?

The Marlins send Tom Koehler to the mound against the Nationals, and despite his unsightly ERA for the season so far, he has seen Washington twice and gone 1-1 with a 2.38 ERA against the Nats. The Marlins have been playing better as of late, with slugger Giancarlo Stanton emerging from an early slump and the team making sparkling plays on defense, such as center fielder Marcell Ozuna nailing Jonathan Villar at third base to end the seventh inning in Wednesday’s win.

Why should you put your money on the Nationals?

Gio Gonzalez takes the hill for Washington, and his 2.19 ERA is among the National League leaders so far this season. He didn’t pitch that well on Saturday, permitting five runs in 5 innings against the Cubs, but Chicago has been blasting everyone this year. Against Koehler, the Nationals have feasted at home, sending him to a 1-5 record and a 5.60 ERA at Nationals Park. Bryce Harper has a .321 average against Koehler, hitting six home runs and driving in 11 runs in 28 at bats. Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman each have a pair of home runs against Koehler as well.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like Gonzalez to get back on track and the Nats to chase Koehler. I’m predicting a 7-3 Washington victory.