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Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 7/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Dodgers (51-39) at Washington Nationals (48-39)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 17, 2015 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)

C Kershaw (6-6) (2.85) vs. J Zimmermann(8-5) (3.22)

The Line: Washington Nationals -105 / Los Angeles Dodgers -105 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds

TV: MLB TV

The Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers resume their MLB schedules for game one of their series on Friday.

The Washington Nationals hit the All Star break in first place in the NL East but their lead was shrinking. The Nationals are 25-16 at home, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they are two games ahead of the Mets. As a team the Nationals are hitting .255 with Bryce harper hitting .339, Yunel Escobar hitting .321, and Wilson Ramos hitting .255. The Nationals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.56 with the starters at 3.68 and the bullpen at 3.31. For game one against the Dodgers the Nats start Jordan Zimmermann who has allowed 120 hits and 40 earned runs while striking out 81 over 111.2 innings for an 8-5 record and a 3.22 ERA.

Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 7/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Dodgers has played inconsistent at times this season but they return from the All Star break with the largest lead in any division in all of baseball. The Dodgers are 18-22 on the road, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and they have a 4.5 game lead on the Giants. As a team the Dodgers are hitting .252 with Justin Turner hitting .308, Howie Kendrick hitting .292, and Adrian Gonzalez hitting .283. The Dodgers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.30 with the starters at 3.19 and the bullpen at 3.56. For game one in Washington the Dodgers start Clayton Kershaw who has allowed 99 hits and 39 earned runs while striking out 160 over 123 innings for a 6-6 record and a 2.85 ERA.

Washington is 6-0 at home in their last six games against a team with a winning record, 14-6 in their last 20 games, and 39-14 in Zimmermann’s last 53 home starts. Los Angeles is 6-2 in their last eight road games, 9-4 in their last 13 Friday games, and 36-17 in Kershaw’s last 53 starts. Los Angeles is 5-0 in Kershaw’s last five starts against Washington and Washington is 5-1 in Zimmermann’s last six starts against Los Angeles.

Washington has had trouble of late but the Dodgers have struggles on the road all season and Kershaw has looked mortal so my pick here is Washington.

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Washington Nationals -105

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