Dodgers at Nationals - 7/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Dodgers (52-42) at Washington Nationals (56-37)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
S Kazmir (7-3) (4.51) vs. Reynaldo Lopez (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Washington Nationals / Los Angeles Dodgers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals begin a three-game series Tuesday night.
The Los Angeles Dodgers look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Dodgers have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Los Angeles Dodgers offense continues to produce, and they’ve won 10 of their last 12 games when scoring more than three runs. Corey Seager leads Los Angeles with 111 hits, Adrian Gonzalez has 44 RBI and Justin Turner has 15 home runs. Scott Kazmir gets the nod, and he’s 7-3 with a 4.52 ERA and 106 strikeouts this season. Kazmir is 1-0 with a 4.02 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.
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The Washington Nationals look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Nationals have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 16 games. The Washington Nationals offense has woken up recently, and they’ve won nine of their last 11 games when scoring more than three runs. Daniel Murphy leads Washington with 118 hits, Wilson Ramos has 48 RBI and Anthony Rendon has 10 home runs. Reynaldo Lopez will make his major league debut with this start. Lopez was 18-17 with a 3.15 ERA and 286 strikeouts in his minor league career.
The Dodgers are 7-15 in their last 22 games following an off day and 4-0 in Kazmirs last 4 starts. The Nationals are 41-20 in their last 61 games following an off day and 0-5 in their last 5 vs. National League West. The Dodgers are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
The Dodgers offense has heated up and now they get to face a pitcher who is making his major league debut. Hard not to pick the Dodgers in this spot, as there's no telling what you're getting from Lopez in his first start.