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Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 7/27/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Dodgers at Washington Nationals
Date & Time Saturday July 27, 2019, 4:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Nationals Park
Washington, DC
The Line
Los Angeles Dodgers: -1.5 (-115) / Washington Nationals: 1.5 (-105)
TV Channel
MASN
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The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals meet in game two of a three game set in MLB action from Nationals Park on Saturday.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to build on a 4-2 win over the Nats in game one by a final score of 4-2. Justin Turner had a home run and three RBis while Cody Bellinger added an RBI to finish off L.A.’s scoring as a team in the win. Alex Verdugo went 2 for 4 at the dish while Joc Pederson added a base hit as well to cap off the Dodgers’ offense as L.A. had just five hits as a team in the victory. Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed one run on eight hits while striking out four over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Joe Kelly got the win in relief to improve to 3-3 on the year while Kenley Jansen closed out the 9th for his 24th save of the season. Clayton Kershaw will start game two and is 8-2 with a 2.84 ERA and 108 strikeouts this season. In his career, Kershaw is 11-3 with a 2.18 ERA and 117 strikeouts against Washington.

The Washington Nationals will look to bounce back after dropping game one on Friday. Adam Eaton and Juan Soto each had an RBI while Kurt Suzuki and Brian Dozier each went 2 for 4 at the dish. Anthony Rendon had a double while Trea Turner, Howie Kendrick and Victor Robles each had a base hit as well in the losing effort. Anibal Sanchez allowed one run on three hits while striking out six over seven innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Tony Sipp took the loss, falling to 1-2 on the year. Joe Ross will start game two and is 0-2 with a 9.45 ERA and In his career, Ross is 0-1 with a 5.25 ERA and 8 strikeouts against the Dodgers.

Los Angeles is 44-10 in Kershaw’s last 54 starts against the NL East and 59-29 in their last 88 games overall while the over is 5-2 in Kershaw’s last 7 starts overall. Washington is 36-16 in their last 52 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 games against a left-handed starter while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 game two matchups. Los Angeles is 14-3 in Kershaw’s last 17 starts against Washington and 5-0 in Kershaw’s last 5 road starts against Washington.

The plus money with Washington is tempting given that the Nationals have still been playing some solid baseball heading into this series but it’s hard to make a case given the small sample size for Ross this season, allowing seven runs in his last two appearances spanning 6.1 innings of work. Ross has also made just two appearances in the last two months. The Dodgers are the Dodgers and they’re still one of the best teams in the majors and while Kershaw has had ups and downs, he’s starting to regain his form of old, giving up just two earned runs in his last three starts spanning 19 innings of work. Kershaw has also owned the Nationals for the better part of his career, so while we narrowly cashed in on L.A. on the RL on Friday, I think doing so again on Saturday is the best way to cut down the heavy juice.

Pick:
Los Angeles Dodgers: -1.5 (-115)

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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