Los Angeles Dodgers vs Washington Nationals
Free Betting Pick by Documented Handicappers
MLB Odds: Nationals -115, 8.5
Game Time: Tuesday July 19, 7:05pm
An important National League game tonight in D.C. as the Washington Nationals host the Los Angeles Dodgers. Washington leads the NL East by 5.5 games while the Dodgers trail the Giants in the NL West by 5.5 games. Documented Handicappers issues a free betting pick below.
If the Dodgers want to chip away at the Giants lead in the NL West they will need to improve upon their road record. Currently, the Dodgers are just 22-24 on the road compared to 30-18 at home.
The Dodgers also need a more consistent offense if they are to take the division from the Giants. Yasiel Puig, Adrian Gonzalez, Corey Seager, Joc Pederson and Trayce Thompson are all solid offensive pieces, but they are also very inconsistent. The offense will be the key to their second half.
Scott Kazmir gets the nod for the Dodgers and he is 7-3 with a 4.52 ERA in 18 starts this year, including 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA in his last three starts and 3-0 with a 5.40 ERA in eight starts on the road. Kazmir is 1-0 vs the Nationals with a 4.02 ERA in three starts.
Washington has the top pitching staff in the league which includes Stephen Strasburg, Max Scherzer and Tanner Roark. They also have the 2nd ranked bullpen in the league and they are 3rd in the league in fewest errors with just 33. A great combination of a team that could make a deep run in the playoffs.
The Nationals come in ranked 12th in the league averaging 4.67 RPG and 4th in home runs with 127.
Tonight, Washington will send out Reynaldo Lopez, who will be making his first career MLB start. At Harrisburg (AA) and Triple A Syracuse combined this year he was 4-5 with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP in 16 starts.
It’s tough to overlook that the Nationals are sending out a pitcher making his 1st career start vs Scott Kazmir. However, the Dodgers are dreadful on the road and the Nationals bats are firing on all cylinders.
Favoring the Nationals at home in this matchup and until the Dodgers prove they can win on the road it will be a tough haul for them to make a move into the post season.
Dodgers vs Nationals Free Betting Pick: Nationals -115
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