Dodgers at Nationals - 10/9/16 MLB NLDS Game Two Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nationals vs. Dodgers
MLB Baseball: Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm (Nationals Park)
Hill vs. Roark
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers / Washington Nationals --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals play game two of the NLDS Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park after the game was postponed Saturday due to rain.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have a chance to take full control of this series by stealing another road game after winning game one, 4-3. In the victory, six Dodgers had at least one hit while Justin Turner and Corey Seager led the way with home runs. The Dodgers offense has shown its explosive potential and is a very dangerous team if it can continue to produce and get on base. Yasiel Puig remains the x-factor for the Dodgers, as he does have 16 hits since September. The Los Angeles Dodgers have won 14 of their last 16 games when scoring more than three runs. Pitching wise, Rich Hill gets the nod, and he was 12-5 with a 2.12 ERA and 129 strikeouts this season. Hill is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA and three strikeouts in his postseason career.
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The Washington Nationals need a victory here if they want to give themselves a real chance to win the series. The Nats can start by hitting the baseball, as they struck out 11 times in their game one loss and were held scoreless in the last five innings. The good news is that Ryan Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon combined for four hits, while Bryce Harper got on base twice with a hit and a walk. Jayson Werth is the guy who needs to have a good series in order for the Nationals to advance. Still, the Washington Nationals have lost seven of their last nine games when scoring three or less runs. For this game, Tanner Roark takes the hill, and he was 16-10 with a 2.83 ERA and 172 strikeouts this season. Roark is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA and three strikeouts in his postseason career.
The Dodgers are 16-5 in their last 21 vs. National League East and 2-6 in their last 8 road games. The Nationals are 5-0 in their last 5 games following a loss and 17-6 in Roarks last 23 starts. The Dodgers are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Washington and 8-1 in the last 9 meetings overall.
The Nationals should have an easier time against the slower pitching Hill who doesn't throw extremely hard. In fact, this Nationals lineup has 12 hits against Hill in 21 at bats. Meanwhile, this Dodgers lineup has 13 hits and eight strikeouts in 60 at bats against Roark. Roark has also allowed just 10 runs in his last 34.2 innings of work and has produced wins in eight of his last 12 games he's pitched. Hill has been terrific on the road all season long, but the Nationals have hit him hard in a limited sample size and have the offense to do it again.
In a must-win spot for Washington, I like the Nats to get the job done at home.