Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Preview

The Washington Nationals will face the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. The game gets underway 9:10 p.m. ET and Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will broadcast this NL matchup.

Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Odds

Oddsmakers have listed Washington (-120) as the favorite over Los Angeles (+110). The total is sitting at 7 runs and bettors can wager on the over for -120 and the under for even money (+100). The games most recent runline odds stand at +125 for taking the Nationals -1.5 runs and -145 for the Dodgers +1.5.

The Nationals have gone 10-10 SU this year and are 8-11 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 6.5 units for moneyline gamblers over the early part of the year and 4.0 units ATS. Washington is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven. The Dodgers, on the other hand, are 8-10 SU and 7-10 ATS. The team has lost 6.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 3.1 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in all seven of them.

Los Angeles games have a 10-7 over/under record so far in 2018. The Nationals have an over/under record of 9-8-2.

Right-hander Stephen Strasburg is the probable starter for the visiting Nationals. Strasburg is 2-1 with a 3.08 ERA and 26 strikeouts. He has yet to face Los Angeles this year, but he did make two starts against the team in 2017, putting together a 1-1 record with a 0.75 ERA and 16 strikeouts.

The Dodgers are going with lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-0, 2.87 ERA), who has 19 strikeouts and six walks to his credit, as well as a WHIP of 0.96. Ryu made two starts against the team in 2017, compiling a 0-1 record in 2017, posting a 0-1 record with a 3.09 ERA and nine strikeouts.

Washington’s pitching staff allowed 4.6 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.23 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 10.08 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 5.68, along with a K/9 of 11.51.

The Nationals offense has slashed .237/.337/.392 on its way to 4.5 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.3 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 5.6 per game over the teams last five contests (3-2 SU).

Washington’s offensive production been led by right fielder Bryce Harper and shortstop Trea Turner. Harper is slashing .286/.467/.683 with eight home runs, 19 RBIs and 20 runs scored, while Turner has a .247 average with one homers, four RBIs, nine runs and eight stolen bases.

Harper did not perform especially well against lefties in 2017, maintaining a slash line of .311/.357/.445 across 129 plate appearances (compared to his overall season line of .317/.411/.596).

In the other dugout, Los Angeles pitching staff has yielded 4.3 runs per game overall in 2018. The clubs starting pitching staff has a 3.60 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.05 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 9.7 K/9.

Los Angeles hitters are putting up 4.8 runs per outing, including 5.9 per game over its last 10 games and 7.8 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .268/.368/.437 over its last five contests and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

The Dodgers offense has been led by catcher Yasmani Grandal and left fielder Matt Kemp. Grandal is hitting .345/.424/.586 with three home runs, 14 RBIs and nine runs scored, and Kemp’s line is .340/.382/.580 with three homers, 10 RBIs and seven runs.

The Nationals have lost 5.3 units and are 1-4 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has cashed in two of those games, compared to two that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Dodgers have lost 6.5 units and are 4-7 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has hit in nine of those games, compared to two that went under the total.

Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Free MLB Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Dodgers, ATS Winner – Dodgers, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

    The Nationals have won three of their last four games SU.

    Los Angeles has recorded 26.5 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 28.2 over its last five.

    The Nationals have hit nine home runs in their last 10 games, including six over their last five.