Preview: Nationals at Marlins

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5-Day Forecast
GAME: Washington Nationals (57-47) at Miami Marlins (53-53)
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, July 30 - 12:40 PM EST
WHERE: Marlins Park, Miami, Florida
LINE: -156, 144 TOTAL: 7.5


The surging Miami Marlins look to extend their season-high winning streak to seven games when they host the Washington Nationals on Wednesday afternoon in the finale of their three-game series. The Marlins came from six runs down to win the opener and blanked the Nationals 3-0 on Tuesday for their ninth victory in 10 contests following a six-game skid. Miami All-Star Giancarlo Stanton, who hasn’t homered in 10 games, may be ready to break out after collecting two hits and two RBIs on Tuesday.

The Marlins are rumored to be interested in acquiring a starting pitcher before Thursday's trade deadline, but Brad Hand could win a job regardless with the way he has performed of late. Hand goes for his third straight win against Washington’s Tanner Roark, who is tied for the team lead in victories (10). With Ryan Zimmerman out indefinitely due to injury, the Nationals need Bryce Harper to get hot as he has contributed four hits in the series.

TV: 12:40 p.m. ET, MLBN, MASN, WUSA 9 (Washington), FSN Florida (Miami)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals RH Tanner Roark (10-6, 2.82 ERA) vs. Marlins LH Brad Hand (2-2, 4.19)

Roark has won three consecutive starts, allowing one run over seven innings in each to lower his career ERA to 2.43 in 34 games. The 27-year-old Illinois native has surrendered two or fewer runs in 14 of his 20 starts this season and is 5-2 on the road. Casey McGehee and Marcell Ozuna are both 3-for-6 against Roark, who is 0-1 with a 4.05 ERA in two outings versus Miami in 2014.

Hand has registered back-to-back victories in a starting role for the first time in his career, yielding two runs over 14 1/3 total innings. He will try to build on that versus the Nationals, who have scored eight runs in 6 1/3 frames over two outings against him this season. Adam LaRoche (3-for-5, homer, three RBIs) and Harper (2-for-5, homer, four RBIs) have given Hand trouble.

WALK-OFFS

1. Washington CF Denard Span is 11-for-23 with six walks and five runs scored over his last six contests.

2. Miami INF-OF Jordany Valdespin (8-for-30) has hit safely in seven of his first eight starts since being recalled from the minors for the first time this season.

3. Nationals RF Jayson Werth (ankle) was held out of the starting lineup Tuesday before flying out as a pinch-hitter in ninth inning.  

PREDICTION: Nationals 6, Marlins 4
 

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Washington 57-47 L2 30-20 27-27 19-16 14-16 16-7 8-8
Miami 53-53 W6 30-24 23-29 23-26 6-9 13-14 11-4

Last Meeting

Washington Miami
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
7/29/14 WAS 0 MIA 3 .161 0 .509 .250 0 .657

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
WAS A. Rendon .317 13 .903
MIA M. Ozuna .361 13 .895
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
WAS J. Werth 3 9 11
MIA G. Stanton 2 7 10
Pitching ERA Avg K
WAS 4.47 .258 91
MIA 4.40 .264 76
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
WAS D. Span .287 114 .738
MIA C. McGehee .307 125 .752
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
WAS I. Desmond 17 41 62
MIA G. Stanton 23 67 71
Pitching ERA Avg K
WAS 3.11 .249 843
MIA 3.89 .254 794

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -110 -110
-120
7.5
Offshore Odds
5Dimes.eu
146
-151
-116
7.5
CarbonSports 140 -160
-120
7.5
GTBets.eu 145 -155
-120
7.5
Top Bet 143 -158
-120
7.5
SBO.ag 139 -159
-120
7.5
BetDSI 136 -157
-115
7.5
Sportsbook 140 -160
-120
7.5
BookMaker.eu 136 -157
-115
7.5
Vegas Odds
LVH 136 -146
-100
7.5
Mirage 120
-140
-100
7.5
Station 130 -145 OFF
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Washington Overall Miami
57-47 W/L 53-53
53-51 RL W/L 57-49
50-45-9 O/U 59-40-7
4.17 Runs For 4.14
3.49 Runs Against 4.30
Washington A/H Miami
27-27 W/L 30-24
32-22 RL W/L 26-28
26-24-4 O/U 30-19-5
3.94 Runs For 4.59
3.70 Runs Against 4.09