Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 7/18/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Dodgers (51-39) at Washington Nationals (48-39)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 4:05 pm (Nationals Park)
C Kershaw (6-6) (2.85) vs. D Fister (3-4) (4.08)
The Line: Washington Nationals +143 / Los Angeles Dodgers -153 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN, FS 1
The Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers face off on Saturday in a game scheduled to take place after the completion of their suspended game on Friday Night.
On Friday Night the story in Washington was all about power outages and while that might be what is most remembered about the night when the game resumes it will be back to business with the Nats leading 3-2. Because of the power outages both starting pitchers, Mike Bolsinger for the Dodgers and Jordan Zimmermann both went just 4.0 innings and both had pitch counts in the mid-60’s. The Dodgers two runs were provided by a two run home run by Adrian Gonzalez while Yunel Escobar hit a home run for the Nationals.
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For Saturday’s game the Nationals turn to Doug Fister for the start. For the season Fister has allowed 74 hits and 29 earned runs while striking out 31 over 64 innings for a 3-4 record and a 4.08 ERA. The Dodgers will go with Clayton Kershaw who was supposed to start Friday’s game but was pushed back. For the season Kershaw 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 4-0 in their last four Saturday games, 8-1 in their last nine games against a team with a winning record, and 1-4 in Fister’s last five starts. Los Angeles is 5-2 as a road favorite, 2-7 in game two of a series, and 36-17 in Kershaw’s last 53 starts. Los Angeles is 5-0 in Kershaw’s last five starts against Washington.
It’s tough to know what is going to happen in game one and what pitchers will get used up among other things but for me it’s even tougher to lay these kind of odds on the road as Kershaw just hasn’t been the same unhittable pitcher we have seen over the past few years. My pick here is the over as I expect to see some runs and I also will take the Nationals to pull the upset but that is a lean at best.