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MLB Betting Preview: Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals

September 2, 2023

The Miami Marlins (67-67) are facing the Washington Nationals (62-73) in Game 3 at Nationals Park. Miami leads the series 2-0 with scores of 6-1 and 8-5. The Marlins aim for crucial wins to boost their Wild Card chances in this betting opportunity.

  • Date: Game 3 on September 2, 2023 at 4:05 PM ET

  • Location: Nationals Park in Washington, District of Columbia

Miami Marlins Betting Preview

The Marlins are currently the 17th best team in the league and they have won three of their last five games. They had some issues against the Tampa Bay Rays, but have looked good offensively in this series as they have scored 14 runs in the first two games. 

Miami's pitching staff has a 4.14 ERA, and their offense has managed 542 runs with a .258 batting average. One key player to keep an eye on is Luis Arraez, who boasts a .350 batting average.

On defense, they are allowing .242 at the plate for their opponents. Compared to what they put out at the plate, this is a solid separation between the two averages.

The Marlins are 21.5 games back from the leading Atlanta Braves in the NL East. They need every win they can get in order to play for a chance in the Wild Card race.

Washington Nationals Betting Preview

The Nationals have actually improved since last week, as they are now the 21st best team in the league from previously being the 23rd. They have been on a losing skid lately, with five losses in their last six games.

Trevor Williams (6-8) is on the mound with a 4.83 ERA. Their pitching staff has a 4.90 ERA, and they have allowed six or more runs in four of their last five games. They have been a solid team offensively all season, but their defense has suffered.

The Nationals' offense has scored 586 runs with a .256 batting average. Lane Thomas shines with a .282 batting average and 21 home runs.

The Nationals are last in the NL East and are 28 games back from the Braves. While the playoffs are out of reach, they can still make it difficult for teams to reach their postseason goals with their offense.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

The odds are not quite ready between the Miami Marlins and the Washington Nationals since the Marlins were late to naming a starting pitcher. Keep in mind that they will be subject to changes once they are ready on MyBookie or Bookmaker.

The Marlins are 30-36 on the road, while the Nationals are not much better with 29-38 at home. Look for the Marlins to play strong in game three, as they have better offense and pitching to dominate.

Final Pick: Take the Miami Marlins to Win