Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 9/16/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Dodgers (94-52) at Washington Nationals (89-57)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 1:05 pm (Nationals Park)
R Hill (9-8) (3.67) vs. A.J. Cole (2-4) (4.30)
The Line: Washington Nationals +140 / Los Angeles Dodgers -150 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
Out at Nationals Park in DC on Saturday, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals will be continuing their MLB series.
In Friday’s opener, the Dodgers cruised to a 7-0 victory.
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For the Saturday game, the Dodgers will be bringing out lefty Rich Hill. In his 9-8 record this year and 117.2 innings, Hill has a 3.67 ERA with 140 Ks and 44 BBs.
LA has some solid hitters this year. Corey Seager came into this set with 148 hits, 77 runs, 19 homers and 68 RBI, while Chris Taylor had 138 hits, 78 runs, 19 homers and 67 RBI. Taylor plated a run on Friday; Seager had a three-run homer.
Over on the Nationals’ side, they’re rolling with RHP AJ Cole on Saturday. In his 37.2 innings and 2-4 record this year, Cole has a 4.30 ERA with 32 Ks and 21 BBs.
The Nats have a few notable bats as well. Daniel Murphy entered this set with 157 hits, 86 runs, 22 homers and 88 RBI while Ryan Zimmerman had 144 hits, 83 runs, 31 homers and 95 RBI. Zimmerman had one hit on Friday; Murphy came up empty.
The Dodgers are 16-5 in their last 21 Saturday games and 43-20 in their last 63 during game two of a series. LA is also 4-0 in Hill’s last four starts in game two of a series and 7-0 in Hill’s last seven Saturday starts.
Meanwhile, the Nationals are 1-4 in Cole’s last five starts in game two of a series and 1-4 in Cole’s last five starts overall. Washington is also 1-4 in Cole’s last five starts on grass and 0-7 in Coles’ last seven home starts.
After a bad start in Arizona (six earned in 3.2 innings), Hill has bounced back with four earned on six hits in 11.0 innings over his last two starts. As for Cole, he gave up three earned on five hits over 2.0 innings during his last relief appearance. I’m not in love with either pitcher here but Hill seems to be throwing better right now. I’ll take the Dodgers.