Washington at Los Angeles NLDS Game 4 Odds & MLB Preview

Posted by Peter Boysen on October 11, 2016 in

The Washington Nationals moved out to a 2-1 lead in their NL Division Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers, breaking the game open in the ninth inning to cruise to an 8-3 win. Jayson Werth belted a 450-foot home run onto the pavilion in left field to turn a one-run game into a rout. This was his 15th postseason home run, which tied him with Babe Ruth for 11th. Of course, when Ruth played, the postseason just had one round — the World Series — so that statistic is a little misleading.

Werth had a postseason career best three hits in the game, and the Nationals’ bullpen supported starter Gio Gonzalez with 4 ┠shutout innings. Now the Dodgers will bring back ace Clayton Kershaw on short rest to pitch Game 4, hoping that he can will them to another win and force a fifth game back in DC. Take a look at our MLB odds for this electrifying match.

Washington at Los Angeles NLDS Game 4 Odds & MLB Preview

When: Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 5:00pm ET
Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
Radio: Washington Nationals Radio Network / Los Angeles Giants Radio Network
Live Stream: MLB.tv
MLB Odds: Dodgers -245, -1.5 -105, Total 7 o/u-115
Pitching Matchup: Joe Ross (WAS) vs Clayton Kershaw (LA)


Why should you bet on the Nationals?

Nats manager Dusty Baker shows rookie Joe Ross a lot of trust by giving him the ball to start this game. During the regular season, he went 7-5 with a 3.43 ERA. He took on the Dodgers near the end of June, going 6 ┠innings and permitting two earned runs with five strikeouts. In Game 3, they found their power stroke, as Anthony Rendon joined Werth in the home run parade. Bryce Harper and Werth are the only Nationals who have ever homered off Clayton Kershaw. However, five of the Nats’ starters have career batting averages against Kershaw that are higher than .300.

Why should you put your money on the Dodgers?

If you bet on Los Angeles, you’re hoping that he has a better outing than he had in Game 1, when he only made it through five innings, giving up eight hits and three earned runs. Luckily, Nationals ace Max Scherzer was even worse, permitting a pair of home runs and four earned runs overall. The Dodger bullpen logged a lot of work in Game 3, so Kershaw needs to go six or seven innings at the very least in order to give his team a chance. The fact that Kershaw gets the nod over Julio Urias shows the desperation that the Dodgers feel about getting eliminated with Urias on the mound.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Kershaw (12-4, 1.69 ERA in the regular season) stands as the Dodgers’ last hope in this series. I like him to stand and deliver for at least six solid innings, while I expect the postseason glare to wither the rookie Ross for Washington. I’m predicting a 5-2 Dodger win.