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Henderson Alvarez vs Gio Gonzalez matchup featured in MLB action

Miami Marlins

Washington Nationals
56-96 September 19, 2013, 07:05 PM | Nationals Park 81-71

The Miami Marlins will look to grab a road win when they take on the Nationals in Washington at Nationals Park on Thursday in baseball odds action.

For the Nationals, Gio Gonzalez gets the ball, charged with keeping the Marlins hitters off the base paths. He'll face Henderson Alvarez, 4-4 on the year.

View Miami Marlins vs Washington Nationals Odds and Stats.

The Nationals were listed as -250 moneyline Favorite earlier in the day at BetOnline, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 7 earlier at TopBet.

The Nationals - Marlins odds would favor the Nationals if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Washington is rated No. 3 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Miami is at No. 24.

In their last action, Miami was a 4-3 winner on the road against the Phillies. Bettors on Miami at +110 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Miami needed extra innings to get the job done against the Phillies on Wednesday as the Marlins defeated them 4-3 at Citizens Bank Park.

Washington lost its last outing, a 5-2 result against the Braves on September 18. Bettors who backed the Braves at +100 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Washington suffered a 5-2 loss against Atlanta on Wednesday, as Ross Ohlendorf wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Nationals Park.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Washington's No. 16-rated offense, averaging 4.09 runs per game, against a Marlins defense that ranks No. 13 at 4.09 in runs allowed per game. The Nationals have averaged 8.53 hits per game so far, more than Marlins batters have averaged on the year (7.81 hits per game).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Washington has the No. 9-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Marlins own the No. 13 mark in runs allowed.

A few Marlins at Nationals trends to consider:
Miami is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Miami's last 8 games
Miami is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 7 games on the road
Washington is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Washington's last 13 games
Washington is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games at home
Washington is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Miami

Next up:
Miami at Montreal, Friday, September 20th
Washington at Florida, Friday, September 20th