Nationals vs Marlins Prediction - MLB Picks 5/17/23

Miami Marlins (21-21) vs Washington Nationals (18-24)

Game Info: Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 6:40 pm (loanDepot park)

Edward Cabrera (2-3) (5.35) vs MacKenzie Gore (3-2) (3.29)

Betting Odds: Miami Marlins -130 / Washington Nationals +110 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington Nationals will play the Miami Marlins in Game 2 of their series on Wednesday night at loanDepot park in Miami, Florida.

Nationals Preview

The Washington Nationals are 18-24 this season and they have alternated wins and losses over their last eight games. Prior to losing the first game in this series, Washington split a four game series with the Mets. The Washington pitching staff has a 4.39 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP, and a .264 opponent batting average this year. The Nationals offense has scored 170 runs with a .259 batting average and a .324 on base percentage. Lane Thomas is batting .282 with five home runs and 19 RBI’s for the Nationals. The projected starting pitcher for Washington is MacKenzie Gore, who is 3-2 with a 3.29 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP over 41.0 innings pitched this season.

Marlins Preview

The Miami Marlins are 21-21 this season and they have won four of their last six games. Miami won Game 1 of this series by a score of 5-4 on Tuesday night. The Miami pitching staff has a 4.52 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, and a .254 opponent batting average. The Marlins offense has scored 146 runs with a .249 batting average and a .306 on base percentage this season. Jorge Soler is batting .238 with 10 home runs and 22 RBI’s for the Marlins. The projected starting pitcher for Miami is Edward Cabrera, who is 2-3 with a 5.35 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP over 35.1 innings pitched this year. 

Trends

Washington is 8-17 in their last 25 Wednesday games and 4-0 in their last 4 games following a loss. The under is 4-1 in Washington’s last 5 Wednesday games. Miami is 3-5 in their last 8 home games and 4-11 in their last 15 Wednesday games. The over is 6-2-1 in Miami’s last 9 Wednesday games. Washington is 1-7 in these two teams last 8 head to head meetings in Miami.

Pick

Washington comes into this game playing .500 baseball over the last week, but they dropped Game 1 in this series. The Marlins are 21-21 so far this season, but they have really struggled to score runs on a consistent basis. Miami is starting Edward Cabrera, who has allowed 13 earned runs over his last 17.2 innings pitched. Washington is starting MacKenzie Gore, who has allowed two earned runs or fewer in three of his last four starts. I like the Nationals in this game.

David’s Pick Nationals ML

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