Los Angeles Dodgers (49-31) vs. Washington Nationals (40-38)
July 1, 2021 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: Washington Nationals +125 / Los Angeles Dodgers -135; Over/Under: 9.5
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The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals meet in MLB action from Nationals Park on Thursday.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to build on a 3-1 win over the San Francisco Giants last time out. Chris Taylor had a double and two RBIs while Max Muncy added a solo home run to make up the scoring for the Dodgers in the win. Will Smith added a base hit as well to cap off L.A.’s offense as the Dodgers had just three hits as a team in the victory with the rest of the team batting 0 for 17 with 5 strikeouts. Walker Buehler got the win to improve to 8-1 on the year after allowing just an unearned run on three hits while striking out seven over 6.2 innings of work. Kenley Jansen closed out the 9th for his 20th save of the season. Tony Gonsolin will start here and is 0-0 with a 2.77 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. This will be Gonsolin’s first career start against the Nationals.
The Washington Nationals will look to build on a 15-6 beatdown of the Rays last time out. Starlin Castro led the charge with a home run and four RBIs while Josh Bell had three RBIs. Josh Harrison, and Juan Soto each had two RBIs with Harrison adding a double while Trea Turner hit for the cycle with a solo home run. Jordy Mercer added a solo homer of his own while Yan Gomes and Victor Robles each had base hits to finish off Washington’s scoring as a team in the win. Gerardo Parra added a base hit as well to finish off the offense for the Nats in the victory. Jon Lester got the win to improve to 2-3 on the year after allowing five runs on seven hits while striking out three over five innings of work. Patrick Corbin will start here and is 5-6 with a 5.33 ERA and 68 strikeouts this season. In his career, Corbin is 5-10 with a 3.71 ERA and 106 strikeouts this season.
Los Angeles is 40-15 in their last 55 series-opening games and 65-28 in their last 93 games following a win while the under is 5-0-1 in their last 6 games overall. Washington is 10-1 in their last 11 home games and 12-2 in their last 14 games against a right-handed starter while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games against the NL West. The over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Washington.
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I get the case that could be made either way here, but I’m going to side with the over. You have two teams that are really rolling right now and both are really finding the ball with the bat. The pitching matchup also isn’t the most reliable, so give me the over in this one.