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Free MLB Picks: Marlins at Nationals MLB Odds – August 4, 2009

by renogold on Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Free MLB Picks – Marlins at Nationals MLB Odds: The second place Florida Marlins have gained some ground in the National League East and only trail Philadelphia by 5-games in the standings. The Marlins can take advantage of a weak spot in their schedule beginning Tuesday when they play the last place Washington Nationals in a three game set at Nationals Park. Getting the call for the Marlins will be  Josh Johnson. The ace righthander is 10-2 this season with a 2.87 ERA. Countering for the Nationals is J.D. Martin. The Nationals righthander has a 7.50 ERA to go along with a 0-2 record.

Oddsmakers at online sportsbook SBGglobal.com list the Marlins as -170 moneyline road favorites over the Nationals with an 8 1/2 total. Nationals backers are getting +160 moneyline odds as a home underdog.

Johnson picked up his 10th win of the season in his last start against the Braves. He surrendered three runs on eight hits over six innings including two home runs. While the start wasn’t his best, Johnson continues to shut down opposing offenses. The right-hander has not allowed three or fewer earned runs in 18 straight starts.

Martin pitched his best game as a member of the Nationals on Thursday afternoon at Miller Park, but it wasn’t enough, as the Brewers won the game, 7-3. Martin pitched better than the box score indicated. He lasted six-plus innings and gave up five runs on seven hits.

The Marlins defeated the Cubs 3-2 as a +125 underdog on Sunday. The five runs scored fell UNDER the posted over/under total (8). Cody Ross hit a pair of home runs, including a walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning for Florida, while Ricky Nolasco allowed one run on four hits in seven innings in a no-decision.

Adam Dunn went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer, as the Nationals upset the Pirates 8-4 on Monday night. Washington cashed as +130 road underdogs as the game played OVER the 9-run total listed by oddsmakers.

Free MLB Pick: Marlins/Run Line -1 1/2 (-110)