Miami Marlins vs Washington Nationals Prediction, 8/22/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Miami Marlins vs Washington Nationals
Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020
Location: Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: Marlins (+184) Nationals (-201)
Brian Anderson and the Miami Marlins (9-9, 2nd in NL East) go to Nationals Park on Saturday where they'll take on the Washington Nationals (9-12, 5th in NL East). The Marlins open this game at +184 while the Nationals are coming in at -201. The total has been set at 9.5. The expected starting pitchers will be Elieser Hernandez and Max Scherzer.
Key Miami Marlins Injuries
8/20/2020 Pat Venditte RP Oblique Expected to be out until at least Aug 29
8/19/2020 Sandy Alcantara SP Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Aug 24
8/19/2020 Brian Moran RP Kneecap Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
8/18/2020 Mike Morin RP Elbow Out for the season
8/18/2020 Jose Urena SP Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Aug 24
8/18/2020 Harold Ramirez RF Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Aug 23
8/18/2020 Caleb Smith SP Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
8/18/2020 Robert Dugger SP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 24
8/18/2020 Yimi Garcia RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 23
8/18/2020 Garrett Cooper 1B Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Aug 24
8/14/2020 Nick Neidert RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 21
Key Washington Nationals Injuries
8/21/2020 Stephen Strasburg SP Hand Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
8/21/2020 Howie Kendrick DH Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Aug 22
8/19/2020 Sean Doolittle RP Knee Expected to be out until at least Aug 24
8/18/2020 Starlin Castro 2B Wrist Out for the season
8/18/2020 Sam Freeman RP Elbow Out for the season
8/13/2020 Roenis Elias RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
6/29/2020 Adrian Sanchez 3B Achilles Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Marlins have a 9-9 overall record this season. Hernandez (5-12 career win-loss mark) holds a FIP of 5.19 and he has gone up against 694 hitters during his time in the major leagues. His ERA is 4.83 (87 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.282. He has surrendered 153 hits (8.5 hits per nine innings) and has 55 free passes. Hernandez has pitched in 162 frames and has earned 149 strikeouts during his career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.13 and they have given up 76 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .214 against the bullpen and they've struck out 66 hitters and walked 41 batters. As a team, Miami allows 8.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.3 batters per nine innings. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.61. The Marlins pitchers collectively have given up 148 base hits and 80 earned runs. They have allowed 33 home runs this season, ranking them 13th in the league. Miami as a pitching staff has walked 70 batters and struck out 145. They have walked 4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.39 and their FIP as a unit is 5.61.
As a team Miami is hitting .235, good for 19th in the league. The Marlins hold a .369 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316, which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 20th in MLB with 7.7 hits per game. Brian Anderson is hitting .226 with an on-base percentage of .342. He has 14 hits this season in 62 at bats with 15 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .452 and an OPS+ of 118. Jesus Aguilar is hitting .286 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .312. He has totaled 20 hits and he has driven in 16 men in 70 at bats. His OPS+ is 120 while his slugging percentage is at .500. The Marlins have 139 hits, including 22 doubles and 17 home runs. Miami has walked 65 times so far this season and they have struck out 169 times as a unit. They have left 120 men on base and have a team OPS of .685. They score 4.39 runs per contest and have scored a total of 79 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Washington has a 9-12 overall mark this year. Scherzer (172-90 win-loss mark in his career) holds a 3.20 earned run average while giving up 7.4 hits per 9 innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 4.34 and he has gone up against 9,391 opposing hitters in his MLB career. So far in his MLB career, Scherzer has surrendered 1,907 base knocks while he has accumulated 2,731 strikeouts in 2,316 innings. He has allowed 824 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.095 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.2. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.13 and they have given up 76 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .205 against the Nationals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 87 batters and walked 39 opposing hitters. As a team, Washington allows 9.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 19th in the league in team earned run average at 4.72. The Nationals pitchers as a team have surrendered 190 base knocks and 96 earned runs this season. They have given up 33 home runs this year, which ranks 14th in Major League Baseball. Washington as a staff has walked 73 hitters and struck out 179 batters. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.44 while their FIP as a staff is 4.85.
As a team, they are batting .263, good for 3rd in the league. The Nationals hold a .436 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .329, which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 4th in MLB with 8.9 hits per contest. Juan Soto comes into this matchup batting .417 with an OBP of .500. He has 20 hits this year along with 16 RBI in 48 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .938 with an OPS+ of 273. Trea Turner is hitting .291 this season and he has an OBP of .354. He has collected 25 hits in 86 at bats while driving in 9 runs. He has an OPS+ of 126 and a slugging percentage of .500. The Nationals as a unit have 186 base hits, including 33 doubles and 27 homers. Washington has walked 60 times this year and they have struck out on 161 occasions. They have had 137 men left on base and have an OPS of .765. They have scored 4.71 runs per game and totaled 99 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Marlins/Nationals MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Nationals (-201)
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