Washington Nationals vs Miami Marlins MLB Pick – June 8

The MLB is set up with another strong slate of baseball action on Thursday night. Eleven games are up on the board throughout June 8. One of these games will be between the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins. These two teams have struggled on the season, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will throw the first pitch at around 6:40 PM Eastern time on MLB Network.

Washington has earned a record of 21-37 throughout this season, which has them sitting in last place of the NL East. The Nationals are coming off back to back losses and have lost six of their last nine. Washington is 10 ½ games back on a wild card spot with a lot of season to go. The Nationals will look for a faster start on the road in this one.

The Marlins have put up a record of 24-30 so far this season, which has them in fourth place of the NL East. Miami has won two games in a row and will look to keep it going. The Marlins are 5 ½ games out of a wild card spot in this one. Miami will look to pull off the three game sweep at home with another big win on Thursday night.

These two teams have been up and down this season, but will look for a big win in this one. The Nationals have struggled against Miami this season, but will look to bounce back in this one. The Marlins will look to keep this streak going. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough to earn the win on Thursday.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Washington Nationals +1 ½ (-175) +117 Over 8 ½ (-110)
Miami Marlins -1 ½ (+150) -140 Under 8 ½ (-110)


Team Data Washington Nationals Miami Marlins
Overall Record 21-37 34-30
Away/ Home Record 12-19 14-14
Batting Average .253 .246
Batting Average Away/ Home .275 .255
ERA 5.35 3.75
ERA Away/ Home 5.95 3.58

Betting Trends

Washington Nationals

  • 3-4 in June games
  • 1-7 when playing on Thursday’s
  • 5-16 against divisional opponents
  • 11-26 in night games
  • 8-11 against left handers
  • 15-22 after a loss
  • 9-12 against team with a losing record

Miami Marlins

  • 5-3 in June games
  • 4-1 when playing on Thursday’s
  • 14-7 against divisional opponents
  • 15-19 in night games
  • 17-24 against right handers
  • 9-13 after a win
  • 14-14 against team with a losing record

These two teams have met up eight times on the season. The first three games were in Washington, but Miami was able to dominate on the mound to win 5-2, 2-1 and 3-2 to sweep the series. The next three were in Miami. The Marlins won the first two 8-2 and 5-1, while the Nationals won 5-4 in the third game. Miami has taken the first two games of this set 12-2 and 2-1.


The Nationals have been solid at the plate this season. Washington has earned a batting average of .253, which is 4th in the MLB. The Nationals have a .318 OBP this season, which is 11th in the league. Washington has an OPS of .691, which is 19th in the MLB. Washington has hit a .256 batting average against left-handers on the season.

Miami has solid as well hitting the ball on the season. The Marlins have put up a .246 batting average, which is 10th in the league. Miami has earned an OBP of .317, which is 13th in the MLB this season. The Marlins have posted a .715 OPS, which is 14th in the league. Miami has hit a batting average of .259 against righties this season.

Washington has been a bit better hitting the ball throughout this season and will look to bounce back after scoring three runs in the first two games of this set. The Marlins will look for their offense to get going early in this one after two solid games in a row. If either team can bat well early, it could be enough for the win on Thursday night.

Pitching Preview

Stephen Strasburg will make his season debut for Washington on Thursday night. Strasburg has not pitched in the MLB since the 2021 season. He started in five games, going 1-2 in those outings. He had a 4.57 ERA and a WHIP of 1.385 in those games. Strasburg will look to return to his World Series MVP form with a strong start to the season.

I expect Trevor Rogers to get the start on the mound for the Marlins in this one. Rogers has earned a record of 2-5 throughout his 10 starts on the season. He has put up an ERA of 5.80 and a 1.556 WHIP in those starts. Rogers last started against the Colorado Rockies. He pitched three and two thirds innings, giving up five hits and five runs in the no decision.

The Nationals will look for a strong debut from Strasburg as they look to get back on track after a rough start to the season. Rogers has struggled a bit on the season and has struggled in his last three starts. Wasington will look to attack him early to avoid giving him momentum. If either pitcher can control the zone early, it could be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

Washington has struggled against the Marlins throughout this season, but I think they can bounce back with a win in this one. The Nationals have Strasburg back on the mound, which I think will help them get going. Strasburg is a leader for that team and I think he will come out hot. If Washington can get some runs early on Rogers, I think they can get the win.

Bovada has Miami listed as a -140 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Marlins will win this game around 58.3 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with Strasburg returning. Rogers has also struggled as of late and I think the Nationals can hit well early. As underdogs, I like the value on Washington.

The Bet
Washington Nationals
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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