Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/5/14
Los Angeles Dodgers (18-13) at Washington Nationals (17-13)
MLB Baseball: Monday, May 5, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Zack Greinke (R) (5-0) (2.038) vs. Jordan Zimmermann (R) (2-1) (3.273)
The Line: Washington Nationals +100 / Los Angeles Dodgers -110 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SportsNet LA, MASN
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals begin a three-game series on Monday.
The Dodgers just lost two of three to the Miami Marlins and have won four of their last six games overall. After struggling a bit out of the gate offensively, the Dodgers have seemed to find their rhythm, scoring four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. Dee Gordon has 10 hits in his last four games and leads the way with 19 stolen bases, while Yasiel Puig has 11 RBI in his last nine games. Pitching, however, continues to be the Dodgers strong point and it doesn’t get much better than Zack Greinke, who 5-0 with a 2.04 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 35.1 innings. Greinke is 3-0 with a 1.78 ERA in four career starts against the Nationals.
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The Nationals just lost two of three to the Philadelphia Phillies, but have won five of their last eight games overall. The Nationals struggled putting runs on the board against the Phillies, scoring just two combined runs in their last two games. With Bryce Harper out others have to step up, such as Adam LaRoche, who has nine RBI in his last 10 games. Taking the mound for the Nationals will be Jordan Zimmermann, who is 2-1 with a 3.27 ERA and has 35 strikeouts in 33 innings. Zimmermann is 2-1 with a 6.65 ERA in four career starts against the Dodgers.
The Dodgers are 12-3 in Greinke's last 15 road starts and 22-6 in Greinke's last 28 starts. The Nationals are 21-8 in Zimmermann's last 29 home starts and 37-17 in Zimmermann's last 54 starts. The Dodgers are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Washington.
How many times are you going to get Greinke at this price? The answer is not very often. Greinke has been arguably the best pitcher in baseball this season and there's no reason to fade him at this point. With the price at nearly a pick-em, I'm taking the possible CY Young winner every time.