Miami Marlins (16-33) at Washington Nationals (21-31)
Caleb Smith (LHP, 3-1, 2.38 ERA) at Erick Fedde (RHP, 0-0, 2.87 ERA)
Major League Baseball: May 26th at 12:35 CDT (Nationals Park)
Lines and Odds: Washington Nationals -140 / Miami Marlins +130 O/U: 9
MLB Lineups Miami Marlins vs Washington Nationals
The Nationals are going for the sweep tonight after a masterful performance from Patrick Corbin resulted in a 5-0 victory.
Last night, Patrick Corbin tossed a complete game shutout against a struggling Miami Marlins team. His team got out to a good lead early, thanks to some great base running by Juan Soto and Victor Robles. They had their 5-0 lead by the end of the 4th. Soto is hitting .287 this season and has 34 RBIs along with it. The Nationals also have the aid of Victor Robles, a talented outfielder only hits .247, but makes up for it with his amazing dives and grabs in center. Anyways, onto the real star of the night: Patrick Corbin.
Corbin tossed a complete game shutout last night, his 5th complete game and 2nd shutout ever in his 7 year career. At the end of the game, he effectively lowered his ERA to 2.85, and improved his record to 5-2 on the season. He only allowed 4 hits, and only threw a modest 116 pitches. It was quite the performance for the 29 year old.
The Marlins were pretty terrible last night, hitting .202 and never having the chance to score some runs. They had guys in scoring position, but in those situations they struck out about every time. This really speaks volumes to the fact that they are and will more than likely will remain in last place, which probably bothers Derek Jeter just a little. I mean, he has a 4 percent stake in a team that hasn’t had a winning season since 2009, when they were still the Florida Marlins. Not too long ago it looked like they had a bright future, having Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, and Jose Fernandez who were all young talents that were supposed to overhaul this team back into the playoffs. But as we all know, that didn’t happen. Stanton sold out to the Yankees, Yelich got traded to the Brewers and is on pace to win another NL MVP, and Fernandez tragically died in a boating accident in 2016. With all these critical departures, the Marlins are on pace for some….character building seasons to say the least. Hopefully Derek Jeter will break even on this one.
Looking to seal the series tonight for the Nationals is Erick Fedde, who is 0-0 but has been good to the Nats, posting a 2.87 ERA and is showing signs of steady improvement. The Marlins have Caleb Smith on the mound tonight, who is shockingly pretty good. He’s 3-1, has a 2.38 ERA, and has had some solid starts for the Marlins: for example, he had 5 straight outings with at least 8 Ks. It’ll be quite the matchup tonight, and maybe we’ll finally see some good Miami baseball.
Cover the Spread 365 Stats
Miami are 2-7 SU in their last 9 games against Washington.
Miami are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Miami’s last 9 games against an opponent in the National League.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington’s last 5 games.
Washington are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games.
Washington are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Miami.
DraftKings MLB Picks Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals
Surprisingly enough, I’m taking the over tonight. I don’t think the bats of the Nats will be enough to matchup with Caleb Smith, who has proven himself to be a solid pitcher. The numbers are in his favor, and despite his less than capable supporting cast, I think he’s coming out of here with another W on his record.