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Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 5/20/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Dodgers (18-26) at Washington Nationals (24-19)
Date & Time Sunday May 20, 2018, 1:35 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Washington Nationals -152 / Los Angeles Dodgers +142 --- Over/Under: 7.5
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MLB | Los Angeles Dodgers (18-26) at Washington Nationals (24-19)
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The Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals meet Sunday in MLB action at Nationals Park.

The Los Angeles Dodgers look for another victory to build on their three-game winning streak. The Dodgers have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 11 games. The Los Angeles Dodgers have won five of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Chris Taylor leads the Dodgers with 45 hits and 16 RBI while Cody Bellinger and Matt Kemp have combined for 86 hits and 41 RBI. Alex Wood gets the ball, and he is 0-4 with a 3.35 ERA and 47 strikeouts this season. Wood is 4-3 with a 2.55 ERA and 73 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

The Washington Nationals look for a bounce back win after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Nationals have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Washington Nationals have won 13 of their last 14 games when scoring more than one run. Howie Kendrick leads the Nationals with 46 hits and 12 RBI while Trea Turner and Bryce Harper have combined for 79 hits and 46 RBI. Stephen Strasburg gets the ball, and he is 5-3 with a 3.28 ERA and 68 strikeouts this season. Strasburg is 2-3 with a 2.45 ERA and 61 strikeouts in his career against the Dodgers.

The Dodgers are 46-22 in their last 68 vs. National League East, 2-5 in Woods last 7 Sunday starts and 23-10 in Woods last 33 starts. The Nationals are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series, 36-17 in Strasburgs last 53 home starts and 58-18 in Strasburgs last 76 starts. The Dodgers are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Washington, 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and the Nationals are 2-6 in Strasburgs last 8 starts vs. Dodgers.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are putting together a little hot streak, but you have to question how long that's going to last given the way they've played all season. Wood is starting to find his form, but he was shaky earlier in the season and is allowing almost a hit per inning on the road. Strasburg has allowed three or less earned runs in six of his nine starts and is allowing just a .195 batting average against current Dodgers in 128 at bats. I like the Nats to avoid the sweep here.

Washington Nationals -152

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