Nationals vs. Marlins Sunday Prediction
The total for Sunday’s Nationals and Marlins matchup is sitting at only 7 runs. Is that too low or will Stephen Strasburg and Trevor Richards turn today’s game into a pitcher’s duel?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Sunday, April 21, 2019
1:10 p.m. ET, Marlins Park, Miami, FL
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Public Betting Trends
According to our MLB Public Betting Chart page, 72% of the betting tickets are on the Nationals to beat the Marlins on the moneyline.
Washington Nationals Fantasy Spin
Anthony Rendon is considered day-to-day after leaving Saturday's game with a left elbow injury. Rendon was drilled in the left elbow by a pitch, and it started to tighten up on him while he was on base, which prompted his precautionary removal from the game. Fortunately, X-rays came back negative. He said he'll see how it feels on Sunday before determining whether or not he can give it a go. Consider him day-to-day.
Miami Marlins Fantasy Spin
Curtis Granderson had two hits including a solo home run on Saturday, leading the Marlins to a 9-3 victory over the visiting Nationals. Granderson crushed a go-ahead solo shot off of Max Scherzer in the fifth inning, putting the Marlins on top 4-3. It was a lead they would never relinquish. He also added a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Even with his two-hit effort though, Granderson is still hitting just .167/.277/.352 on the season with three long balls and seven RBI.
MLB Betting Trends
The Nationals are 68-25 in Stephen Strasburg’s last 93 starts overall.
The Marlins are 0-5 in Trevor Richards’ last five starts.
It’s safe to assume that Strasburg will dominate a weak-hitting Marlins club in a pitcher-friendly ballpark. The question is what we can expect from Richards. In 149 career innings in the majors, the Marlins starter has compiled 151 strikeouts. The Nats have a solid lineup, but they also rank in the top third of the league in terms of strikeouts, so it’s not unreasonable for Richards to pitch well, too. Even with the total sitting at a very low 7, I still like the under.
The Pick: Nationals/Marlins UNDER 7