Marlins vs Nationals Prediction MLB Picks Today 5/17

Marlins vs Nationals Prediction MLB Picks Today 5/17

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Introduction

The Washington Nationals will face off against the Miami Marlins in an exciting MLB matchup at loanDepot park. Both teams are looking to secure a win and improve their standing in the National League East. In this article, we'll provide an in-depth review of each team, analyzing their pitching and hitting strengths, injuries, and offer a prediction.

 

Pitching Analysis

The Nationals will send MacKenzie Gore to the mound as their starting pitcher. Gore has been solid this season, boasting a 3-2 record with a 3.29 ERA. He has shown good control and strikeout ability, recording 51 strikeouts in 41 innings. Gore's consistency and ability to keep hitters off balance will be crucial in stifling the Marlins' offense.

The Marlins will counter with Edward Cabrera as their starting pitcher. Cabrera has struggled this season, with a 2-3 record and a 5.35 ERA. He has had difficulty with his command, walking 30 batters in 35.1 innings. Cabrera will need to regain his control and limit free passes to have success against the Nationals' lineup.

 

Hitting Analysis

The Nationals' lineup has been led by Lane Thomas, who has shown power with 5 home runs and contributed 19 RBIs. Joey Meneses has also been a consistent performer, hitting for average with a .295 batting average and driving in 22 runs. The Nationals' offense has the potential to put runs on the board and challenge the Marlins' pitching staff.

The Marlins have relied on Jorge Soler's power, as he leads the team with 10 home runs and 22 RBIs. Luis Arraez has been exceptional, boasting a .386 batting average and displaying great on-base skills. The Marlins' hitters will look to take advantage of any mistakes made by Gore and the Nationals' pitching staff.

 

Injuries

The Nationals have Chad Kuhl listed on the 15-day injured list and Carter Kieboom as day-to-day. These injuries could impact the team's depth, but they have shown resilience in overcoming such challenges. The Marlins have a few players listed on the injury report, including Jazz Chisholm Jr. on the 10-day injured list. These absences could weaken their lineup and provide an opportunity for the Nationals' pitchers.

 

Prediction

When considering the strengths and weaknesses of both teams, the Nationals have the upper hand in this matchup. MacKenzie Gore has been consistent on the mound, while the Marlins' Edward Cabrera has struggled with his control. The Nationals' lineup, led by Lane Thomas and Joey Meneses, has the ability to produce runs and put pressure on the Marlins' pitching staff.

Furthermore, the Nationals will be motivated to bounce back after a narrow loss to the Marlins in their previous game. They have the talent and resilience to overcome setbacks and come out on top. With the pitching advantage and offensive firepower, the Nationals are favored to secure the victory in this game.

 

Pick: Nationals ML +110

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