Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Washington Nationals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/2/14
Washington Nationals (78-58) at Los Angeles Dodgers (77-61)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 10:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)
Doug Fister (R) (12-5) (2.555) vs. Clayton Kershaw (L) (16-3) (1.729)
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -200 / Washington Nationals +185 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN 2, SportsNet LA
The Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers play game two of their series Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.
The Washington Nationals have split their last 10 games and are 20 game above .500. The Nationals pitching staff continues to be the bread and butter of this team, allowing three or less runs in 13 of their last 22 games. Overall, the Washington Nationals have an ERA of 3.13, which is second in the majors, and they’ve won 10 of their last 11 games when allowing three or fewer runs. Offensively, Ian Desmond has hit safely in seven of his last eight games and Jayson Werth has homered three times in his last four games. Doug Fister gets the ball, and he’s 12-5 with a 2.55 ERA and has 80 strikeouts in 130.1 innings. This will be Fister’s first career game against the Dodgers.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have split their last six games and are 16 games above .500. The Dodgers have also been pitching lights out for much of the season, allowing three or less runs in 11 of their last 20 games. Overall, the Los Angeles Dodgers have an ERA of 3.30, which is sixth in the majors, and they’ve won 10 of their last 14 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Matt Kemp has a nine-game hitting streak, while Yasiel Puig has just three hits in his last 10 games. Starting is Clayton Kershaw, who is 16-3 with a 1.73 ERA and has 194 strikeouts in 161.1 innings. Kershaw is 6-2 with a 2.79 ERA in 10 career games against the Nationals.
The Nationals are 4-1 in Fisters last 5 road starts and 14-5 in Fisters last 19 starts overall. The Dodgers are 38-18 in Kershaws last 56 home starts and 35-16 in Kershaws last 51 starts overall.
Usually Kershaw is a must play when on the mound, but not aganst a Nationals team that is just as talented with Fister, who isn't too shabby in his own right. I'm taking the Nationals given the insane value of the line.