Washington Nationals (9-10) at Los Angeles Dodgers (8-9)
|Date & Time||Friday April 20, 2018, 10:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -130 / Washington Nationals +110 --- Over/Under: 6.5
The matchup of the day on Friday’s MLB schedule pits the Washington Nationals against the Los Angeles Dodgers from Dodger Stadium.
The Washington Nationals come into this one after failing to complete the sweep of the Mets, losing the series finale by a final score of 11-5 on Wednesday. Ryan Zimmerman stole the show, going 3 for 4 with a pair of home runs and a triple along with four RBIs, while Moises Sierra added an RBI and Howie Kendrick chipped in a base hit of his own as the Nats mustered up just five hits as a team in the loss. Tanner Roark gave up just two runs on two hits while walking three and striking out six over seven innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Ryan Mason took the loss to fall to 0-2 with his first blown save of the year, giving up six runs on five hits over just 0.2 innings of work. Max Scherzer will start game one and is 3-1 with a 1.33 ERA and 38 strikeouts this season. In his career, Scherzer is 3-4 with a 2.92 ERA and 63 strikeouts against the Dodgers.
The Los Angeles Dodgers come into this one riding a four game winning streak after completing the sweep of San Diego, including a 13-4 victory over the Padres in the series finale on Wednesday. Corey Seager led the Dodgers, going 4 for 5 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs, while Chase Utley and Max Muncy each had two RBIs, with Muncy homering while Utley contributed a double. Yasmani Grandal and Cody Bellinger each had a double and an RBI, while Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig each had an RBI as well. Matt Kemp and Enrique Hernandez each had two base hits while Chris Taylor added a base knock of his own to finish off the offense for the Dodgers in the victory. Kenta Maeda got the win to improve to 2-1 this season after giving up all four runs on eight hits while striking out ten over 5.2 innings of work. Clayton Kershaw will start the opener and is 1-2 with a 1.73 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season. In his career, Kershaw is 11-2 with a 1.97 ERA and 113 strikeouts against Washington.
Washington is 6-1 in Scherzer’s last 7 starts against the NL West and 7-3 in their last 10 road games while the under is 15-1 in their last 16 games following an off day. Los Angeles is 50-12 in Kershaw’s last 62 starts and 42-17 in their last 59 games against the NL East while the over is 7-0 in their last 7 games overall. Los Angeles is 14-2 in Kershaw’s last 16 starts against Washington and 7-0 in Kershaw’s last 7 home starts against the Nationals.
This should be an awesome game and I personally am going to make the time to sit and watch this one. With that said, Scherzer and plus money is such a rarity that you almost have to take it every time. Except this is the one time where it’s wise to go the other way. Kershaw isn’t where many expected him o be this early in the season record-wise, but the fact is that Kershaw still owns an ERA well under two this season, and we finally saw signs of the Dodger offense waking out of their slumber to start the season. Add in the fact that Kershaw has owned the Nationals in his career, and we are getting a low line to boot and I think you have to side with the Dodgers here, as hard as it is going against Scherzer.