Washington has only slim chances of making the playoffs and they are not doing anything to improve them, as the Nationals lost the opening game of the series against Miami. They are in dire need of victories in the remaining two games and have a great opportunity of leveling the score tonight.
Odds: Winner Sports 1.87
Miami is no longer the worst team in Major League Baseball, but still has the fewest wins in the National League. Their hitting unit has achieved mixed results lately but their starting pitchers gave them a fighting chance and that is exactly what the Marlins are expecting from Eovaldi tonight. It is easy to imagine the pitcher’s frustration as he can brag about an ERA of 3.40 but lost 5/8 decisions this year due to inadequate support.
He is unlikely to receive some tonight, with the Nationals sending in one of their top prospects, a young pitcher who took the minor leagues by storm. Tanner Roark was groomed for the MLB and proved his worth as a reliever, playing in the bullpen for 23 innings and limiting opponents to a couple of runs. He has faced Miami in the past and is yet to concede a run, but the question is whether Tanner is capable of lasting more than five innings. This is what Washington demand from their starting pitchers, these days when they score so few runs and their relievers struggle.
Motivation is at its highest in Washington and although recent results are not particularly encouraging, the Nationals hold a certain edge over the Marlins. Winner Sports has the best offer with odds of 1.87 for the visitors to prevail, so punters should give young Tanner Roark some credit.