Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Washington Nationals
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals meet for game one of their series in L.A. The Dodgers are -145 favorites over the Nationals with an over/under run total set at 7.
It’s been a disaster of a season for the Los Angeles Dodgers both on and off the field and a team that we normally see as contenders and a team usually looking to be a buyer at the trade deadline might be ready to dump payroll. The Dodgers are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 23-27 at home this season, and are tied for last place in the National League West, 13.5 games back. As a team Los Angeles is hitting .250 led by Matt Kemp at .309, Andre Ethier at .299, and Jamey Carroll at .288. As a team the Dodgers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.85 with the starters at 3.74 and the bullpen at 4.12. For game one against the Nationals Los Angeles starts Hiroki Kuroda who hasn’t gotten any kind of run support this year en route to a record that is far worse than his efforts on the mound. For the season Kuroda has allowed 115 hits and 42 earned runs while striking out 90 over 120.2 innings of work.
The Washington Nationals are a team on the rise and building and look to be ahead of schedule. The nationals are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 20-32 on the road this season, and have lost their last two games to sink two games below .500 on the year. As a team Washington is hitting .236 led by Michael Morse at .312, Laynce Nix at .271, and Jerry Hairston Jr. at .270. The Nationals’ pitching staff has an ERA of 3.63 with the starters at 3.82 and the bullpen at 3.25. For game one at Chavez Ravine Washington starts John Lannan who won last time out as a huge underdog at Atlanta. For the season Lannan has allowed 114 hits and 46 earned runs while striking out 62 in 114.1 innings of work.
Los Angeles is 1-4 in their last five games overall, 4-0 in their last four home games, and 2-8 in Kuroda’s last 10 starts. Washington is 7-3 in their last 10 game one of a series, 2-5 in their last seven games against a team with a losing record, and 7-3 in Lannan’s last 10 starts against the N.L. West. Washington is 7-20 in their last 27 games in Los Angeles.
The Nationals have been decent this season but much of their success has been at home, this is a long trip. I’m taking the Dodgers minus 145 today.
Los Angeles Dodgers -145 Washington Nationals