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Nationals’ Trea Turner is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the Marlins  June 26 (Jim Rassol)
Nationals’ Trea Turner is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the Marlins June 26 (Jim Rassol)|Associated Press
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MLB Thursday - Albert Picks Nationals v Marlins, Phillies v Mets, Rockies v Dodgers, Twins v Rays; Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler, Buehler, Stanek

Andrew Albert

Andrew Albert

Favorite Pick of the Day:
Nationals (-220) over Marlins

Dumpster Fire Pick of the Day:
Phillies (-135) over Mets

Are You Sure? Pick of the Day:
Rockies (+180) over Dodgers

Pick’em of the Day:
Twins (-110) over Rays

The Skinny:
Let me start by saying I don’t love this pick. The Marlins have burned me this year before and I don’t forget that. But the Nationals are 5-1 in their last six road games and 6-1 in their last seven games vs. a team with a winning percentage below .400, so you do the math. Also, the Marlins are 2-10 in their last 12 home games and 1-6 in their last seven vs. a team with a losing record. . . . Let’s do it one last time, for old times sake. Aaron Nola is exactly who the Phils want on the mound to complete a sweep, and that’s just what they’ll have Thursday afternoon. Plus, the Mets are 1-4 in Zack Wheeler’s last five road starts vs. a team with a winning record. . . . Betting against Walker Buehler really isn’t a smart thing to do. But Colorado is different at home and the Dodgers are 1-4 in their last five road games. Combine that with the fact that the Rockies are 5-0 in their last five home games vs. a team with a winning road record and you have a nice little fade on your hands. . . . The Twins are 4-0 in their last four games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15, which is exactly what Ryne Stanek boasts this year. Yet, the Rays are 1-4 in Stanek’s last five Thursday starts and are 1-4 in their last five after allowing five runs or more in their previous game. Gimme the Twins.