Washington Nationals vs. Florida Marlins
After playing extra innings on Friday Night, the Florida Marlins and the Washington Nationals go at it again on Saturday. The Marlins are -140 favorites over the Nationals with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Florida Marlins battle back on Friday after trailing early but in the end they fell in 10 innings to the visiting Nationals. Gregg Dobbs and John Buck had two hits each and Emilio Bonifico scored a run to prove the bulk of the Florida offense in game one but it netted just two runs total. Ricky Nolasco stuck out 11 batters while allowing six hits and two runs in seven innings to not factor in the decision, as it was Mike Dunn who allowed the winning run and took his second loss. For Saturday’s game Florida starts Chris Volstad who had a no decision last time he started. For the season Volstad has allowed 30 hits and 18 earned runs while striking out 14 in 27 innings of work.
The Washington Nationals showed one more time this young season that they aren’t a team of quitters. The nationals let their lead slip away but never gave up and battle for the win as Jerry Hairston Jr. had three hits and Ian Desmond and Adam LaRoche each drove in runs in the victory. Jordan Zimmerman allowed five hits and two earned runs while striking out six over six innings of work and Drew Storen picked up his second win of the year and Sean Burnett got his fourth save. For Saturday’s game Washington starts Tom Gorzelanny who is coming off of a three hit shutout in his last start. For the season Gorzelanny has allowed 19 hits and 10 earned runs while striking out 23 in 30.2 innings of work.
Florida is 6-1 in their last seven games following a loss, 7-3 in their last 10 home games, and 8-1 in Volstad’s last nine starts. Washington is 25-56 in their last 81 road games, 17-36 against the NL East, and 15-37 in game two of a series. Washington is 8-22 in their last 30 games in Florida.
Both of these pitchers have shown they can get it done and I don’t think we see a tremendous amount of offense from either side. I’m taking the under 8.5 runs here.
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