Washington Nationals at Florida Marlins (-115, 9½u): After winning its’ first three games of the season, Washington has proceeded to go 1-11 and make a case that it has the worst team in MLB in 2008. Florida, after trading stars Cabrera and Willis in the offseason to Detroit, seems energized despite the no-name roster with guys like Jacobs (.320) and Amezaga (.333) getting it done.
The Nationals are 2-6 on the road while the Marline are 5-3 at home and are leading the NL East early over favorites NY, Philly and Atlanta. To keep that arm’s-length distance, Florida will try to sweep Washington who just got the worst of it from the Mets at Shea Stadium, meaning it will have to win the opener to do just that.
In a pitching rematch of April 7 – won by the Marlins 10-7 – Washington sends Tim Redding (2-1, 2.25 ERA) to the hill against Florida’s Andrew Miller (0-2, 11.37). Miller was touched up for six earned runs on eight hits in 3.1 IP in the game while Redding allowed only one earned run (seven total runs) but suffered the loss. The Marlins swept.
the Nats in their new digs in D.C., scoring 24 runs in the three games (8.0 RPG), their first-ever road sweep of Washington.
This game may be a boring one, but the betting board shouldn’t be judged by its’ prospective entertainment value but by its’ potential financial value. Let’s go fishing boys at a very fair price and fade Redding. MARLINS -115.
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