National League Betting Matchup of the Week

The Major League Baseball season is entering its final month of the season, and pennant races are heating up in each league. There are a ton of terrific matchups on the schedule this week, but those don't present a ton of great betting matchups. The best betting matchup of the week will be in Washington D.C. as the Nationals take on the Miami Marlins. Look at the series opener on Friday night as the best betting pick of the week.

Washington comes into this week with a record of 73-57. The Nationals just completed a three-game sweep over the Chicago Cubs and have their sights set on tracking down the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. Miami enters the week with a record of 47-82, and have lost seven of their last nine games. The Marlins haven't been playing in any meaningful games all season long. This weekend could be a sweep for the Washington Nationals.

Nationals Scoring Plenty of Runs

The Washington Nationals are scoring plenty of runs of late, and are averaging more than 9 runs per game during their last 10 contests. Third baseman Hector Rendon is leading the team in almost every offensive category, but he has gotten plenty of help. Trae Turner and Adam Eaton set the table for this Nationals team, and they have plenty of sluggers to drive them in. Look for the Nationals to feast on Marlins pitching this week.

Anibal Sanchez will be on the mound for Washington in the series opener, and he has been pitching well of late. Sanchez completely shut down a great Chicago Cubs offense in his last start, and should have little trouble with the Marlins. The right hander comes into this game with a 8-6 record to go along with a 3.81 earned run average. Sanchez should have little trouble with the Marlins in this one.

Pitching an Issue For Marlins

The Miami Marlins have a ton of young pitchers on their pitching staff, and things have not been going well for them. Miami has a team earned run average of 4.71 this season, which ranks 21st in baseball. Elieser Hernandez will be on the mound for the Marlins on Friday night, and has won just one game since the month of June. Hernandez is 3-5 with a 4.97 earned run average this season, and was chased early from his last start with a blister.

Not only do the Marlins struggle to get outs, but they also struggle to score runs in 2019. The Marlins have actually been scoring more runs of late, but rank 29th in baseball with just 481 runs entering the week. Starlin Castro is the most accomplished player in the Miami lineup and leads the team with 67 runs batted in. Miami is going to have to find a way to score some runs if they are going to beat the Nationals.