You would think that a team carrying some hot bats and a great starting rotation would be a shoe-in for the playoffs, but baseball has shown us that things don’t always go as expected. No team is having to deal with that more than the Washington Nationals, and they are going to have to be close to perfect the rest of the way in order to stay alive. That quest begins when they head to Miami to face the Marlins on Sunday. Be sure to check out for more sports betting odds by clicking here.
Taking a Look at the MLB Betting Odds Report on Washington at Miami & Game Info
Date: Sunday, September 13
Venue: Marlins Park, Miami, Florida
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 11, 2015
The Washington Nationals (71-68) came into the season as the favorite to be representing the National League in the World Series, but it has proven to be a season of struggle from day one. Yes, they have had some injury issues to deal with, but other teams have had similar issues and still found a way to win.
They have had some great individual performances from the like of Bryce Harper, a sure MVP candidate, and Jordan Zimmerman, but for the most part, this is a team that has misfired too many times. The sweep at the hands of the New York Mets has left the Nats 7.5 games out of first and looking as though their playoff dream is over for this year. Max Scherzer (11-11, 3.03 ERA) was the best pitcher on the staff in the first half, but has gone off the rails hard in the second.
Given how the season has gone for the Miami Marlins (59-81), you would excuse them if they just simply rolled over and played dead at this point. That is not what is happening, though, and they are coming into this series having won their previous three against the Braves, Mets, and Brewers. Sure, two of those teams are in a similar state as the Marlins, but it’s the series win against the New York Mets that the Nationals are going to have to look at as a warning. If you come into a series against the Marling believing that you are going to sweep them aside with no real effort, you had better think again. This looks like a team determined to restore a little bit of pride before the season comes to a close. Brad Hand (4-5, 5.20 ERA) has been nothing short of awful his last two starts, and will need to be a whole lot better on Sunday.
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I expect the Nationals to try and jump all over Hand early on, and if they are able to do so, this is a game that they should win in pretty comfortable fashion.