Friday, May 20, 2016 : MLB Odds: Fernandez on Fire as Fish Host Nats

The Washington Nationals (24-16, +3.26 betting units) are the top team in the NL East right now, but it's turned into a very competitive division, featuring four teams above .500. That includes the Miami Marlins, who find themselves just three games back of Washington at 21-19 (+2.47 units). They'll play the second game of a three-game series this Saturday at 7:15 PM ET on FOX.

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The pitching matchup looks very good for Miami. Jose Fernandez (2.58 FIP) will make his ninth start of the season. Thus far, the 2013 NL Rookie of the Year has earned 3.48 units for the Marlins on a team record of 6-2. Fernandez struck out 11 batters in each of his last two starts, allowing just one earned run over 14 innings combined.

The Nationals, meanwhile, are at the bottom of their starting rotation with sophomore righty Joe Ross (3.36 FIP). After a very strong start to the 2016 campaign – including a 4-2 victory over the Marlins (–155 away) in his first outing – Ross has cooled off a bit, taking the loss in each of his last two games. Washington is still 4-3 behind Ross this year for 0.48 units in profit.

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