Los Angeles Dodgers vs Washington Nationals 5-18-18

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Washington Nationals 5-18-18

Los Angeles Dodgers (16-26) vs Washington Nationals (24-18)

Date : 05/19/2018
Time : 7:05 pm EST
Location : Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Washington Nationals

Game 2 of a 3-game set between the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals will resume at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, 5-19-2018, at 7:05 pm EST.  The Dodgers are currently in 4th place in the NL West while the Nationals occupy the 3rd place slot within the NL East division.  This will be the 2nd meeting of the year between these two teams with the Dodgers taking 2 of 3 games earlier in the year at Dodger Stadium on 4-22-2018.

Los Angeles Dodgers's Latest Performance :

The Dodgers come into this matchup losers of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 1-4.  Recently, after tying a 2-game set at home versus the Arizona Diamondbacks on 5-9-2018, the Dodgers preceded to lose a 4-game set to the Cincinnati Reds on 5-13-2018 while also dropping game 1 of a 3-game road series to the Marlins by a score of 4-2 on 5-15-2018.

The Dodgers average 4.22 runs per game (19th) with a team batting average of .237 (22nd), 38 homers (22nd), along with 12 stolen bases (28th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.96 (12th) with 402 strikeouts (6th) along with 16 quality starts (18th).

Yasmani Grandal (.270 BA on 122 AB), Cody Bellinger (.269 BA on 156 AB), and Corey Seager (.267 BA on 101 AB) have been the leaders offensively for the Dodgers this season.  Chris Taylor (.234 BA on 171 AB) has also been pivotal to the Dodger’s offensive attack.

Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-0) has pitched 29.1 innings while allowing 7 runs on 16 hits, 3 homers, 10 walks, and 36 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.12 while Clayton Kershaw (1-4) has pitched 44 innings while allowing 14 runs on 40 hits, 7 homers, 10 walks, and 48 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.86.  Alex Wood (0-4) has pitched 51 innings while allowing 22 runs on 46 hits, 3 homers, 8 walks, and 47 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.35.

Washington Nationals's Latest Performance :

The Washington Nationals have won 4 of their last 5 contests to where the O/U has been 1-4.  Recently, they won a 3-game set versus the Phillies on 5-6-2018 while also picking up yet another 3-game road series win versus the San Diego Padres on 5-9-2018.  They were also impressive in sweeping a road, 4-game set versus the Arizona Diamondbacks on 5-13-2018.  Washington is once again showing signs of consistency in all areas, which can make for a long day for the injury-riddled Dodgers.

For the season, the Nationals are averaging 4.47 runs per game (14th) with a team batting average of .240 (20th), 55 homers, (7th) along with 35 stolen bases (2nd).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.39 (4th) with 428 strikeouts (2nd) along with 24 quality starts on the year (3rd).

Howie Kendrick (.302 BA on 149 AB), Trea Truner (.270 BA on 163 AB), Bryce Harper (.232 BA on 142 AB), and Michael A. Taylor (.186 BA on 145 AB) have been the offensive leaders for this Washington Nationals squad thus far.

Max Scherzer (7-1, 58.2 IP, 14 R, 35 H, 4 HR, 13 BB, 91 SO, 1.69 ERA) and Gio Gonzales (4-2, 49.2 IP, 15 R, 47 H, 2 HR, 23 BB, 55 SO, 2.36 ERA) have been the most consistent on the pitching staff while Stephen Strasburg (5-3, 60.1 IP, 25 R, 49 H, 8 HR, 13 BB, 68 SO, 3.28 ERA) and Tanner Roark (2-3, 51.1 IP, 20 R, 36 H, 7 HR, 16 BB, 45 SO, 3.33 ERA) have also been solid on the mound for the Nationals this year.

How Los Angeles Dodgers & Washington Nationals Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

For the season, the Dodgers are 13-28 ATS while the O/U is 20-20-1.  On the other hand, the Washington Nationals are 22-20 ATS while the O/U is 18-22-2.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

The Dodgers have not been able to maintain either their health or consistency this season.  Furthermore, a matchup with the surging Nationals will certainly highlight their shortcomings.  Nonetheless, I expect the Dodgers to come out with a competitive mindset as will the Nationals who have played stellar baseball lately.  In all, one could expect this matchup to be one that will most likely be dominated by the Nationals.

Against The Spread Selection: Washington Nationals

My reason for the pick :

As stated, I expect this matchup on Saturday to be one that is dominated by the Nationals at home.  The Dodgers have lost 7 of their last 10 road games while the Nats have been outstanding in winning 7 of their last 8 at Nationals Park.  In all, the Dodgers will be outplayed in this game 2 matchup as Washington will continue their stellar play.

Betting trends for Los Angeles Dodgers:

  • Betting Trends for Los Angeles Dodgers

    • The Dodgers are 3-6 in last 9 road games
    • The Dodgers are 1-8 in last 9 games
    • The Under is 4-1 in Dodgers last 5 games

Betting trends for Washington Nationals:

  • Betting Trends for Washington Nationals

    • The Nationals are 7-1 in last 8 games
    • The Nationals are 7-1 in last 8 home games
    • The Under is 5-1 in Nationals last 6 games


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