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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

MLB Odds: Stanton and the Marlins Take on NL Central-Leading Nats

In a battle of two National League Central clubs, both teams have the playoffs in their sights. The third game of the three-set series features the Marlins’ LHP Adam Conley against Washington’s RHP Stephen Strasburg at Nationals Park in Washington, DC.

The Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton currently sits atop the MLB leaderboard in both homeruns and RBI’s (with 50 homeruns and 108 RBIs). He’s been the offensive heartbeat of the Marlins since opening day. And despite his team’s struggles, he’ll receive many votes in the NL MVP race. The Marlins currently sit 4.5 games back of the second wildcard spot in the National League.

Stanton and the Marlins, however, have had great success against the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg. Over 33 career at bats against the righty, Stanton has hit to a clip of .424 average to go along with 3 homeruns, and 11 RBI.

The Nationals currently sit atop the NL Central and have a 13-game lead over the second-place Marlins. For this matchup, they’ll be without their star rightfielder, Bryce Harper, who’s on the 10-day disabled list with a knee bone bruise. The Nationals will insert outfielder Jayson Werth, who has recently come off of the disabled list himself, to take Harper’s spot in the lineup.

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MLB Odds: Marlins Visit DC to Take on the Nationals

In a push for a playoff berth, every game counts for the Miami Marlins (66-64). Currently 4.5 games back of the second wildcard spot in the National League, the Marlins turn to left-handed pitcher Adam Conley to get them one game closer. They’ll be in tough against the central-leading Washing Nationals (79-51), but will have the MLB’s leading homerun man, Giancarlo Stanton, in the lineup to bolster their offense.

The Nats will send RHP Stephen Strasburg to the mound. He’s performed well so far in 2017 with a 10-4 record and a 3.10 ERA, but Giancarlo has given the righty fits throughout their respective careers. Through 33 at bats, Stanton has hit Strasburg hard. He’s averaged .424, while adding 3 homeruns and 11 RBI. Look for this matchup to be the difference in the game.

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