Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins 9/18/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 9/17/2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Marlins Park in Miami
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Thursday night, Doug Fister (14 - 6, 2.55 ERA) takes the hill for the Washington Nationals as they do battle against Brad Hand (3 -7-1, 4.36 ERA) and the Miami Marlins. Fister makes his 24th start as Hand makes his 15th start and 31st appearance.
Doug Fister added his 2nd straight victory to his stats in his last trip to the mound. Fister surrendered 3 runs and 5 hits (including a homer) in 6 innings. He walked a batter and struck out 3. The 2 wins broke a 3 game losing streak for Fister but overall he has pitched well in recent outings. In his last 10 starts, Fister is 5 – 4. Last season, Fister went 14 – 9 with a 3.67 ERA in 32 starts and a relief appearance for the Detroit Tigers.
In 2013, Fister pitched just an inning of relief against the Marlins and allowed just a hit. Seven of the Marlins have faced Fister before and Jarrod Saltalamacchia has the best results. Saltalamacchia is 5 for 11 with a homer and an RBI against Fister.
Brad Hand took the loss in his last start. Hand gave up 2 runs and 4 hits in 6 innings of work. He struck out 4 batters without issuing a single walk. Victories have been hard to come by for Hand in recent outings and he is just 2 – 5 in his last 10 outings. Last season, Hand posted a record of 1 – 1 with a 3.05 ERA in 2 starts and 5 relief appearances.
Hand made 2 relief appearances against the Nationals in 2013 and pitched just 3 innings, allowing a run and a hit. Hand is 0 -2 in 3 appearances against Washington this season.
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
Washington Nationals are 74-63-13 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Washington Nationals is 0.8
Miami Marlins Betting Trends
Miami Marlins are 79-60-11 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Miami Marlins is -0.2
Injuries to Watch
08/11/14 RF Steven Souza Shoulder 15-day DL (8/10)
08/07/14 P Taylor Jordan Elbow 60-day DL (8/5)
08/05/14 LF Nate McLouth Shoulder 60-day DL (8/2); out for season
07/25/14 P Matt Purke Elbow 60-day DL (7/25)
07/23/14 LF Ryan Zimmerman Hamstring 15-day DL (7/22)
03/29/14 P Ross Ohlendorf Back 60-day DL (3/26)
03/28/14 P Erik Davis Elbow 60-day DL (2/13)
09/17/14 SS Adeiny Hechavarria Shoulder "?" Wednesday vs. New York Mets
09/12/14 RF Giancarlo Stanton Facial out indefinitely
07/18/14 P Kevin Gregg Elbow 60-day DL (7/14)
06/22/14 2B Rafael Furcal Hamstring 15-day DL (6/20), out for season
05/13/14 P Jose Fernandez Elbow 15-day DL (5/10), out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Miami
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