Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins- Tuesday, July 29
BAS’ Current Dime Line: Nationals -134/124 and the Total is 7U -112
The Washington Nationals will continue a three-game series against the division rival Miami Marlins this Tuesday night in a 7:10 p.m. (ET) start at Marlins Park. BetAnySports has opened the Nationals as -143 road favorites with the total line set at 7.
The NL East has been basically a two-team battle all season long between Washington and Atlanta. Heading into this series, the Nationals were 57-45 and holding a game and a half lead over the Braves in the division race with Miami a full seven games back. Washington is 27-25 on the road this season and it has a 4-2 record in the first six games of this current nine-game road trip. The total has stayed UNDER in four of those contests.
Look for Stephen Strasburg to get the start in Game 2 against the Marlins this Tuesday night. The right-hander came into this season as a leading contender to win a Cy Young on BetAnySports’ futures odds, but it has been a struggle at times with a record of 7-8 and an ERA of 3.67. He has already faced Miami twice this season and in 10 2/3 innings of work he has a 5.91 ERA.
The Marlins’ NL East title hopes could very well hang in the balance in this crucial three-game set. A few wins could mean the difference between staying in the race or starting preparations for another run next season with some personnel moves before Thursday’s trade deadline. They have to be encouraged with this past weekend’s three-game sweep over Houston to raise their record to 7-3 since the All-Star break.
Miami will turn to Henderson Alvarez as its starter for Tuesday night. The right-hander had some issues with a shin injury, but he pitched eight strong innings last Thursday against the Braves by holding Atlanta to two earned runs on six hits. He is 7-5 overall with a 0-1 record against Washington in two previous starts this year. Alvarez has an ERA of 2.62 and a 1.23 WHIP in 21 starts this season.
Strasburg has been struggling to find his best stuff all season long and he has already had some issues against this potent Miami lineup. Stick with the Marlins as +133 underdogs at home in this matchup as Alvarez continues to shine with another quality start.