Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 4/7/2014
Tuesday, April 8, 7:05 PM on FSFL, MASN
Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia
Miami - Alvarez, H (0-1) vs. Washington - Gonzalez, G (1-0)
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Tuesday night the Miami Marlins will start Henderson Alvarez against Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals. Each pitcher will be making their second starts of the season.
Henderson Alvarez had a no –hitter last season for the Marlins but he didn’t look like the same pitcher during his first outing of this season. His day lasted just 3 innings as he surrendered 6 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks. The start was bad even for a pitcher that has never had a winning record in his previous three seasons as a major league pitcher.
Last season, Alvarez lost all three starts that he had against the Nationals. In his career, he has faced most of the Washington lineup and he will have to pay close attention to Bryce Harper. Harper has faced Alvarez 10 times and come away with 5 hits, including 2 home runs and 4 RBIs
Gio Gonzalez comes into this game after a winning effort in his first start based on a 6 inning outing where he gave up just 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 6. The start marked a great result for the pitcher that ended the 2013 season with an 11 – 8 record in 32 starts and a 9.0 strikeout to walk ratio (the highest of his career).
Gonzalez has been tough on the Marlins lineup in the past, holding them to a collective .193 average with just 16 hits in 83 at-bats. Jeff Mathis has faced Gonzalez the most with 14 at-bats but Greg Dobbs has the most success with 2 hits and an RBI in 4 at-bats.
Miami Betting Trends
Miami is 4-1-1 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Miami is +3.8
Washington Betting Trends
Washington is 3-2-0 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Washington is +1.4
Injuries to Watch
03/28/14 3B Ed Lucas Hand 15-day DL (3/28)
03/28/14 2B Rafael Furcal Hamstring 15-day DL (3/21)
04/06/14 3B Ryan Zimmerman Shoulder questionable
04/06/14 LF Scott Hairston Oblique 15-day DL
04/02/14 C Wilson Ramos Hand 15-day DL (4/1), expected to miss 4-8 weeks
03/30/14 P Doug Fister Back 15-day DL (3/23)
03/29/14 P Ross Ohlendorf Back 60-day DL (3/26)
03/28/14 P Erik Davis Elbow 60-day DL (2/13)
Tony's Pick: Take Washington
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