Both sides have slated righties on the hill, with Miami’s Jose Fernandez (5-5, 2.83 ERA) facing Washington’s Dan Haren (4-10, 6.00 ERA).
Marlins, Stanton top Nats
Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton cracked a two-run homer as part of Friday’s win, giving his side an early 7-3 lead. Miami’s Derek Dietrich and Adeiny Hechavarria both hit 2-for-4, while Marcell Ozuna poked a three-run triple.
Nationals mates Adam LaRoche and Jayson Werth united for their squad’s three RBIs, with each drilling a double. Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman went 0-for-5 from the cleanup spot, leaving five men on base.
Fernandez edged in St. Louis
Fernandez logged his second loss in four starts with Sunday’s 3-2 defeat for Miami as a 150 road dog to the St. Louis Cardinals. The 20-year-old gave up all three of St. Louis’ runs over six innings, allowing a homer to Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday as part of four hits.
Miami’s Juan Pierre and Logan Morrison were held to 1-for-4 days from the leadoff and cleanup slots, respectively. The Marlins finished with nine hits, while the duel’s five combined runs dipped UNDER the ‘total’ of seven.
Haren falls as road ‘chalk’
Haren picked up a second straight loss in Monday’s 3-2 setback to the Philadelphia Phillies, failing to cash as a 109 road favorite. The 11th-year hurler lasted five frames, giving up two runs on seven hits.
Washington’s Denard Span and Ian Desmond were logged 0-for-4 nights from the lineup’s top two spots, with Desmond striking out three times. Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos logged the game’s sole error, while reliever Ross Ohlendorf held Philadelphia scoreless over the final two frames.
Back the Marlins at home
I am backing Fernandez and Miami here, adding a ticket on the home ‘chalk’ as part of Saturday’s sports picks.
Fernandez has held visitors to a stingy 0.94 WHIP and .241 OBP at Marlins Park, with Miami cashing at 6-2 in the span’s eight starts. The Cuba native has tossed 31 strikeouts over his last four home outings (27 IP), allowing just three earned runs in that stretch.
Haren has struggled in recent spots, giving up 22 earned runs over his last five starts (23 1/3 IP). The 32-year-old gave up three runs over 4 1/3 frames in April’s most recent trip to Miami, with the Nationals dropping the matchup, 8-2.
Washington has been held to a sparse .214 BA against right-handed pitching on the road, logging a 4-12 mark in its last 16 road spots facing a righty starter. Davey Johnson’s club has managed just 2.6 RPG in the first five games of its present trip away from home, with the sole win of its 1-4 stretch coming against Phillies lefty Cliff Lee.
Look for the Nationals to come up short again here, while Miami adds another cashed ticket to its 8-3 mark over the team’s last 11 home dates.
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