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Preview: Marlins (6-10) at Nationals (9-6)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Nationals Park
Date: September 21, 2013 7:05 PM EDT
  

Tightness in his right forearm has twice kept Stephen Strasburg from making a career-high 29th start, but he might finally get the chance Saturday night.

Strasburg will try to boost the Washington Nationals' faint playoff hopes by helping them improve to 9-0 at home against the Miami Marlins this season.

Strasburg (7-9, 2.96 ERA) was shut down after his 28th start last season despite Washington being in the middle of a pennant race en route to an NL East title. The right-hander looked like he would easily pass that mark until suffering his ailment Sept. 12 before a scheduled start against Philadelphia the next day.

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Strasburg was slated to pitch Thursday's series opener against Miami but felt tightness in his forearm the day before while playing catch.

"He wanted to pitch (Thursday night)," manager Davey Johnson told the team's website. "It was my judgment. I said there's no need. I don't want a guy that has a little discomfort in his arm the day before he pitches. All these games are important, but his well-being is more important than him starting today."

Strasburg will make his first start since a 6-4 win in Miami on Sept. 8. He gave up four runs and four hits over six innings while striking out seven.

Strasburg is 2-2 with a 7.56 ERA in his last six starts against the Marlins after going 4-1 with a 1.56 ERA in his first seven.

A strong outing from Strasburg against Miami is certainly something the Nationals (83-71) could use in the NL wild-card race. They trail Cincinnati and Pittsburgh by five games with eight contests remaining.

Washington, winner in 12 of 14, only kept pace Friday with an 8-0 drubbing of Miami (56-98) as Cincinnati rallied for a 6-5 victory in 10 innings in Pittsburgh. The Nationals outhit the Marlins 11-2 in their victory, and Denard Span went 2 for 5 with two RBIs the day after his 29-game hit streak ended.

"We're not mathematically out of it yet," pitcher Jordan Zimmermann said. "So we've got to keep fighting until the end, and hopefully one of these other two teams tank."

The Marlins, losers in 12 of 15, will send out Tom Koehler (3-10, 4.51), who is 0-4 with a 4.84 ERA in his last eight starts. The right-hander, however, pitched eight scoreless innings in a 1-0 loss at the New York Mets on Sunday.

"As far as consistent quality, today was definitely up there," he told the team's website. "There have been some times where I felt like I had thrown the ball maybe like that for a couple of innings. Today was the first time I was able to push there and keep on going."

Koehler didn't fare nearly as well in his only start against Washington. He was tagged for six runs in five innings in a 9-0 loss Aug. 29.

Jayson Werth went 2 for 3 against him with a three-run homer and Bryce Harper had a two-run shot.

Koehler enters this matchup after cutting a finger on his left hand while lifting weights.

"He should be fine," manager Mike Redmond said. "It's his glove hand."

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Marlins at Nationals
Thu, Sep 19 Final 2 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Marlins at Nationals
Fri, Sep 20 Final 0 to 8
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GAME 3
Marlins at Nationals
Sat, Sep 21 - 7:05PM EDT
GAME 4
Marlins at Nationals
Sun, Sep 22 Final 4 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 MIA  +250   +115   7.5 
 WAS  -300   -135   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 MIA  +265   +120   7.5 
 WAS  -330   -140   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 MIA  14%   9%   45% 
 WAS  86%   91%   55% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Sep 20, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIA 0 Over: 8 
 WAS 8 Cover: +100 
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 Sep 19, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIA 2 Under: 5 
 WAS 3 Cover: +100 
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 Sep 8, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 6 Cover: +100 
 MIA 4 Over: 10 
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 Sep 7, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 9 Cover: +100 
 MIA 2 Over: 11 
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 Sep 6, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 0 Over: 7 
 MIA 7 Cover: +100 
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 Aug 29, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIA 0 Over: 9 
 WAS 9 Cover: +100 
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 Aug 28, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIA 3 Push: 7 
 WAS 4 Cover: +100 
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 Aug 27, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIA 1 Under: 3 
 WAS 2 Cover: +100 
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 Jul 14, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 5 Cover: +100 
 MIA 2 Under: 7 
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 Jul 13, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 1 Under: 3 
 MIA 2 Cover: +100 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Saturday, Sep 21
 
    Giants at Yankees
1:05 PM EDT
    Orioles at Rays
1:05 PM EDT
    Twins at Athletics
4:05 PM EDT
    Braves at Cubs
4:05 PM EDT
    Astros at Indians
6:05 PM EDT
    White Sox at Tigers
7:05 PM EDT
    Marlins at Nationals
7:05 PM EDT
    Mets at Phillies
7:05 PM EDT
    Reds at Pirates
7:05 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Red Sox
7:10 PM EDT
    Rangers at Royals
7:10 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Brewers
7:10 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Rockies
8:10 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Padres
8:40 PM EDT
    Mariners at Angels
9:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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