Miami Marlins vs Washington Nationals Prediction, 8/23/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Miami Marlins vs Washington Nationals
Date: Sunday, August 23, 2020
Location: Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: Marlins (+147) Nationals (-159)
Trea Turner and the Washington Nationals (9-13, 5th in NL East) host the Miami Marlins (10-9, 2nd in NL East) at Nationals Park on Sunday. The Marlins open this matchup at +147 while the Nationals are priced at -159. The over/under has been set at 10. The expected starting pitchers will be Humberto Mejia and Anibal Sanchez.
Key Miami Marlins Injuries
8/22/2020 Alex Vesia RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 30
8/22/2020 Adam Conley RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
8/22/2020 Yimi Garcia RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 24
8/22/2020 Jordan Holloway RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/22/2020 Chad Wallach C Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
8/22/2020 Nick Neidert RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 30
8/22/2020 Sean Rodriguez 3B Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
8/22/2020 Jeff Brigham RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
8/22/2020 Robert Dugger SP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 30
Key Washington Nationals Injuries
8/22/2020 Stephen Strasburg SP Hand Out for the season
8/22/2020 Sean Doolittle RP Knee Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
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 10-9 overall record this season. Mejia (0-1 record) holds a FIP of 9.27 and he has faced 29 opposing batters. His earned run average is 5.90 (4 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.639. He has given up 6 base knocks (8.9 hits per nine innings) and has 4 free passes. Mejia has taken the ball for 6 frames and has accounted for 7 punchouts so far. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.88 and they have given up 77 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .209 against the bullpen and they've struck out 72 hitters and walked 41 batters. As a team, Miami allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.5 batters per nine innings. They are 17th in the league in team earned run average at 4.46. The Marlins pitchers collectively have given up 152 base hits and 82 earned runs. They have allowed 35 home runs this season, ranking them 12th in the league. Miami as a pitching staff has walked 71 batters and struck out 157. They have walked 3.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.35 and their FIP as a unit is 5.53.
As a team Miami is hitting .236, good for 19th in the league. The Marlins hold a .371 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316, which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 19th in MLB with 7.8 hits per game. Jesus Aguilar is hitting .284 with an on-base percentage of .317. He has 21 hits this season in 74 at bats with 16 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .500 and an OPS+ of 123. Brian Anderson is hitting .227 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .338. He has totaled 15 hits and he has driven in 15 men in 66 at bats. His OPS+ is 114 while his slugging percentage is at .439. The Marlins have 148 hits, including 24 doubles and 18 home runs. Miami has walked 68 times so far this season and they have struck out 183 times as a unit. They have left 128 men on base and have a team OPS of .686. They score 4.32 runs per contest and have scored a total of 82 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Washington has a 9-13 overall mark this year. So far in his pro baseball career, Sanchez has surrendered 1,864 base hits and he has 1,697 strikeouts in 1,913 innings. He has given up a total of 855 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.311 and having a FIP of 4.0. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.64 and he has gone up against 8,163 batters in his pro baseball career. Sanchez (108-111 career mark) has earned a 4.02 ERA and has allowed 8.8 hits per nine innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.00 and they have given up 77 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .203 against the Nationals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 92 batters and walked 40 opposing hitters. As a team, Washington allows 9.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 19th in the league in team earned run average at 4.64. The Nationals pitchers as a team have surrendered 199 base knocks and 99 earned runs this season. They have given up 34 home runs this year, which ranks 14th in Major League Baseball. Washington as a staff has walked 76 hitters and struck out 193 batters. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.43 while their FIP as a staff is 4.75.
As a team, they are batting .258, good for 6th in the league. The Nationals hold a .431 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323, which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 9th in MLB with 8.6 hits per contest. Trea Turner comes into this matchup batting .289 with an OBP of .350. He has 26 hits this year along with 10 RBI in 90 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .522 with an OPS+ of 131. Juan Soto is hitting .392 this season and he has an OBP of .483. He has collected 20 hits in 51 at bats while driving in 16 runs. He has an OPS+ of 258 and a slugging percentage of .882. The Nationals as a unit have 190 base hits, including 33 doubles and 29 homers. Washington has walked 61 times this year and they have struck out on 173 occasions. They have had 141 men left on base and have an OPS of .755. They have scored 4.59 runs per game and totaled 101 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Marlins/Nationals MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Nationals (-159)
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