Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers NLDS Game Two - 10/9/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Dodgers (92-71) at Washington Nationals (95-68)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 1:05 pm (Nationals Park)
R Hill (12-5) (2.12) vs. T Roark (16-10) (2.83)
The Line: Washington Nationals -105 / Los Angeles Dodgers-105 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Nationals look for a win in game two of the NLDS versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Los Angeles Dodgers sent ace Clayton Kershaw to the mound in the NLDS opener and he was barely good enough with all three runs allowed in a 4-3 victory. Kershaw gave up eight hits and walked one over five frames to get the win although he was probably thanking the bullpen that shut down the Nationals offense. The Dodgers mustered nine hits and a base on balls with Justin Turner going deep and driving in two while Corey Seager homered and scored twice. Left hander Rich Hill gets the ball in game two of the NLDS at Washington on Saturday. Since coming over from Oakland, Hill has gone 3-2 in six starts with a 1.83 ERA.
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The Washington Nationals faced a tall task in Clayton Kershaw in game one of their NLDS and even though they hit him they squandered too many opportunities. Nationals starter Max Scherzer disappointed with all four runs given up on five hits including a pair of homers through six innings while also popping up with the bases loaded. The Nats totaled nine hits and a trio of free passes with Anthony Rendon going 2-4 with a pair of RBI’s while Trea Turner cracked a sacrifice fly. The Nationals send Tanner Roark to the hill to face the Dodgers in the NLDS on Sunday. Roark has been dependable with a 16-10 record with a 1.17 WHIP and 2.83 ERA in 33 starts.
The Dodgers are 5-16 in their last 21 playoff road games and the under is 6-2 in the Dodgers last 8 playoff games. Washington are 12-5 in their last 17 home games and the under is 9-4-1 in their last 14 home games while going 7-1-1 in Roark’s last 9 Sunday starts. The Dodgers are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.
The Nationals really blew a golden opportunity to win game one and that might come back to bite them. I’ll back Washington with one of their most consistent hurlers going…