Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers NLDS Game One - 10/7/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Dodgers (91-71) at Washington Nationals (95-67)
MLB Baseball: Friday, October 7, 2016 at 5:38 pm (Nationals Park)
C Kershaw (12-4) (1.63) vs. M Scherzer (20-7) (2.96)
The Line: Washington Nationals +125 / Los Angeles Dodgers -135 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Dodgers travel to DC to face the Washington Nationals in game one of their NLDS.
The Los Angeles Dodgers probably thought they were playing for a Wild Card at the All Star break with the Giants seemingly running away with the National League West. However the Dodgers were easily more consistent down the stretch that featured plenty of pitching and an adequate offense. The LAD did not stand out at the plate at 4.48 runs on a .249 with 189 homers but they were a pitching heavy squad that made these numbers work. The 5th ranked staff in baseball posted a 3.70 ERA and were second with a 1.19 WHIP which means they kept runners off base. Left hander Clayton Kershaw draws the start in the NLDS after posting a 12-4 record and 1.69 ERA in 21 starts.
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Even though I am a Phillies and Orioles fan but I do follow the Washington Nationals and don’t dislike them even though I probably should. The Nationals do draw my ire from time to time because I don’t think they play to their potential but a 96-67 record says they did and I was obviously wrong. Washington can do it all as they can win with their bats or with their arms. The Nationals were second in the game with a 3.51 ERA and were 4th in quality starts with 92. At the plate, the Nats were number eight at 4.71 runs on a .256 BA while smacking 203 long balls which was 11th so this was a complete team. Washington goes with Max Scherzer on the mound who was 20-7 with a 2.96 ERA which are Cy Young type numbers.
Everybody sees Kershaw on the mound and it’s almost automatic that most will back him but the truth of the matter is Kershaw has struggled in the postseason. Scherzer is a Cy Young candidate and does throw well at home but even so, Kershaw will still garner most of the attention. I think that given the plus odds on the Nationals you either take a shot with a very good team or simply sit back and watch…