Marlins vs Nationals Prediction - MLB Picks 8/31/23

Washington Nationals (62-72) vs Miami Marlins (66-67)

Game Info: Thursday, August 31, 2023 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)

Joan Adon (2-0) (5.25) vs Braxton Garrett (7-5) (3.96)

Betting Odds: Washington Nationals +142 / Miami Marlins -155 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Miami Marlins will head up DC to start a divisional series with the Washington Nationals this Thursday from Nationals Park on MASN.

Marlins Preview & Projected Starter

Miami moved to 66-67 after Tampa. The Marlins were shut out by their in-state foes last night, and they’ll look to avoid falling further from .500. The Miami offense is scoring 4.02 runs per game, while batting .260, with a .321 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.10 ERA, with a 1.27 WHIP. 

Braxton Garrett (7-5, 3.96 ERA, 135 Ks) will take the mound for Miami. The fourth-year lefty tossed a second straight quality start against Washington at home last week, but he also took a second consecutive loss after receiving minimal run support. Garrett has received the short end of the stick with his last two decisions, as the Marlins’ struggles within the lineup have affected the team’s playoff push. Garrett was solid versus the Nats past week, while his last outing in DC back June went even better (6 IP, 8 K, W), and he’ll look to put together another strong out here Thursday. 

Marlins Player Trends & Props

Luis Arraez has collected a hit in eight of the last ten games, and he’s leading the majors in batting (.349) and hits (173), with 58 RBI. 

Jorge Soler homered in two of three matchups with the Nats last week, and he leads Miami in home runs (35) and RBI (71).

Jake Burger has recorded a hit in eight of the previous ten games, and he’s batting .326 with the Marlins, while tallying 27 home runs and 63 RBI for the season.

Bryan De La Cruz is second on the team in both homers (16) and 63 runs batted in.

 

Nationals Preview & Projected Starter

Washington moved to 62-72 after losing to Toronto. The Nats ere silenced by their former Canadian rivals, and they’ll attempt to bounce back here in division play. The Washington offense is scoring 3.48 runs per game, while batting .262, with a .319 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.96 ERA, with a 1.50 WHIP.

Joan Adon (2-0, 5.25 ERA, 20 Ks) will get the ball for Washington. The third-year righty looked good in South Beach last week, tossing six scoreless innings en route to his second win. Adon has done well in two road starts since returning at the top of the month, but he’s struggled in his two starts at Nats Park. 

Nats Player Trends &  Props

Lane Thomas went hitless thru three contests in Toronto, so he may be due this weekend, and he still leads the Nats in hits (146), with splits of .279/20/69. 

Joey Meneses has totaled multiple bases in four of the last six games, and he’s batting a team-lead .285, with 76 RBI.

CJ Abrams has collected a hit in eight of the last ten games, he’s posting a line of .251/14/49. 

Keibert Ruiz has a similar trend of recording a hit in eight of the previous ten contests, and he’s posting nice splits behind the plate of .260/16/55.

 

Corey’s Free Pick

Miami is struggling right now with a dangerous trip to DC lurking, and I believe the feisty Nats have a chance to keep game one close at home. The youthful Nationals have overachieved this season, and they could make the Marlins playoff hopes fade even further with a tough weekend in the Capital. Spot  Washington the runs for this division battle.

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

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