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MLB betting line favors Nationals over Marlins

Miami MarlinsWashington Nationals
Sep 8, 1:05 PM | GrassNationals Park

Miami Marlins vs Washington Nationals Odds

62-77TEAM RECORD85-53

Washington will look to improve on its 85-53 record when take on Miami, a key part of the MLB odds lineup on Saturday.

Ross Detwiler will take the mound for Washington, and he'll carry a 8-6 record into the contest. Mark Buehrle gets the ball for Miami; he's 12-12 so far this season.

View Miami vs Washington Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as +-185 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 7.5 for those preferring over under wagers.

Power Rankings:
The Nationals - Marlins odds would favor the Nationals if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Washington is rated No. 2 in the current National League Odds Shark poll, while Miami is at No. 14 in the National League.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Washington's National League No. 4-ranked scoring average of 4.6 runs per game, against a Marlins offense rated No. 14 and scoring 3.8 runs per game in the league. The Nationals have averaged 9.2 hits per game to date this season, more than the Marlins hitters have managed (8.2 per nine innings).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Washington has the National League's No. 1-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Marlins own the National League's No. 12 mark in runs allowed.

Last time out for Miami, they were a 9-7 winner as they battled the Nationals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Marlins at +230 were rewarded, while the 16 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Miami needed extra innings to get the job done against the Nationals on Friday as the Marlins defeated them 9-7 at Nationals Park.

Miami Marlins Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Washington are 5-5
After playing Washington are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Miami are 6-4
After playing Miami are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4

A few Marlins at Nationals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games when playing Washington
Miami is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games when playing on the road against Washington
Miami is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Washington's last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Miami at Washington, Sunday, September 9