Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals - 9/16/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Washington Nationals (49-94) vs Miami Marlins (59-85)

Game Info: Friday, September 16, 2022 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)

Josiah Gray (7-9) (5.06) vs Jesus Luzardo (3-7) (3.81)

Betting Odds: Washington Nationals / Miami Marlins --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Miami Marlins will play the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of their series at Nationals Park on Friday night.

The Miami Marlins are 59-85 this season and have lost five of their last seven games. Miami is coming off of a series loss against Philadelphia, where they lost two out of the three games played in the series. The Miami pitching staff has a 3.97 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP, and a .244 opponent batting average this season. The Marlins offense has scored 513 runs with a .228 batting average and a .293 on base percentage. Miguel Rojas is batting .234 with six home runs and 32 RBI’s for the Marlins this season. The projected starter for Miami is Jesus Luzardo, who is 3-7 with a 3.81 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP over 75.2 innings pitched this season.

The Washington Nationals are 49-94 this season and have lost five games in a row. Washington is coming off of a series loss against Baltimore, where they lost both games played. The Washington pitching staff has a 5.06 ERA, a 1.44 WHIP, and a .266 opponent batting average. The Nationals offense has scored 550 runs with a .251 batting average and a .314 on base percentage this year. Lane Thomas is batting .252 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI’s for the Nationals this season. The projected starter for Washington is Josiah Gray, who is 7-9 with a 5.06 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP over 131.2 innings pitched this season.

Both of these teams have really struggled this season, but have done so in different ways. Miami has pitched fairly well this year, but their offense continues to let them down. Washington has hit the ball decently, but their pitching has a team ERA over 5.00. Washington is starting Josiah Gray, who has allowed 10 runs over his last 8.1 innings pitched. For Miami, Jesus Luzardo has allowed 11 earned runs over his last 16.1 innings pitched. Neither pitcher has been great in recent starts, but Luzardo has been the better pitcher over the course of the season. I like the Marlins here.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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