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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Washington Nationals 9/1/14 MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction

Washington Nationals (77-58) at Los Angeles Dodgers (77-60)

MLB Baseball: Monday, September 1, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)

Gio Gonzalez (L) (6-9) (3.857) vs. Fausto Carmona (R) (8-9) (3.866)

The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -102 / Washington Nationals -108 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington nationals face off on Monday in battle of National League division leaders.

The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the NL West by 2.5 games over the Giants but the Giants are charging hard. The Dodgers are 34-32 at home, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a win on Sunday. As a team the Dodgers are hitting .259 with Yasiel Puig hitting .298, Dee Gordon hitting .287, and Adrian Gonzalez hitting .279. The Dodgers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.33 with the starters at 3.15 and the bullpen at 3.70. For game one against the Nationals the Dodgers start Roberto Hernandez who makes his fifth start since being traded to LA. For the season Hernandez has allowed 108 hits and 52 earned runs while striking out 75 over 121 innings for a 6-8 record and a 3.87 ERA.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Washington Nationals 9/1/14 MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction

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The Washington Nationals have a six game lead in the NL East with 27 regular season games left to play. The Nationals are 34-33 on the road, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a loss at Seattle on Sunday. As a team the Nationals are hitting .253 with Denard Span hitting .298, Jayson Werth hitting .287, and Anthony Rendon hitting .279. As a team the Nationals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.11 with the starters at 3.19 and the bullpen at 2.94. For game one against the Dodgers the Nationals start Gio Gonzalez who has four no decisions and five losses in his last nine starts. For the season Gonzalez has allowed 113 hits and 54 earned runs while striking out 131 over 126 innings for a 6-9 record and a 3.86 ERA.

Los Angeles is 16-5 against a left-handed starter, 21-10 in game one of a series, and 1-4 against a team with a winning record. Washington is 4-1 against a team with a winning record, 14-5 in their last 19 games, and 1-4 in Gonzalez’s last five starts as a road favorite. Washington is 2-6 in their last eight games against the Dodgers.

The Nationals are playing better baseball but Gonzalez can’t buy a win and I like the Dodgers late inning pitching better so they are my play here. 

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LA Dodgers -102

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