MLB Expert Predictions Washington At Los Angeles

Posted by Ted Merrick on June 6, 2017 in

The Washington Nationals (35-20) conclude their midweek series in Los Angeles against the Dodgers (35-23) with a terrific matchup of two pitching aces, as Stephen Strasburg takes the hill for the Nats, while Clayton Kershaw goes for the Dodgers. This matchup was supposed to happen last season out in Chavez Ravine, but Strasburg had to sit out with an upper back strain before the game. Can he outduel the pitcher whose save sent Washington home from last year’s National League Division Series? After you check out this preview, look on our site for online betting for Major League Baseball, upcoming NHL and NBA playoffs, and other sports.

MLB Expert Predictions Washington Nationals At Los Angeles Dodgers

When: Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 3:10pm ET
Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
TV: SNLA, MASN
Radio: 106.7 FM The Fan Washington / 570 AM LA Sports
Live Stream: MLB.tv
Pitching Matchup: Stephen Strasburg (7-1, 2.91 ERA) (WAS) vs Clayton Kershaw (7-2, 2.28 ERA) (LA)
MLB Odds: Washington Nationals -1½ (+150)

 

Why should you bet on the Nationals?

The Washington Nationals have won five of their last six, including an 11-10 win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday. Their offense has been rolling fairly consistently as of late. Anthony Rendon has had the hottest bat for Washington as of late. On April 30, he had three home runs and 10 RBI, and since that game, he is hitting .343 with 11 home runs. With Strasburg on the mound and with the Nats raking, Clayton Kershaw is going to have to make every pitch count.

Why should you put your money on the Dodgers?

The Dodgers have had some offensive issues lately. They have dropped three of their last five, and except for the ten runs they scored in Milwaukee on Saturday, they only scored a combined six in the other four, getting shut out by the Brewers, 3-0, on Sunday. The argument for the Dodgers, of course, begins and ends with Kershaw, who threw 14 strikeouts in his last start against the Brewers. His ability to match Strasburg is certain, but the Dodgers’ ability to take advantage of Strasburg’s mistakes like the Nats will take advantage of Kershaw’s is less so.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

This will be a great pitchers’ duel to watch, but I see the Nationals coming out on top of this, as their bats seem a little more in sync right now than the Dodgers’. I predict a final score of Washington 4, Los Angeles 2.