Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Washington Nationals Preview
Where: Fenway Park – Boston, MA
When: Friday, September 8, 2017, 7:10 PM ET
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Betting on the Los Angeles Dodgers (94-52)
After finally snapping their interminable 11-game losing skid, the Los Angeles Dodgers are on an honest to goodness winning streak. The Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants in the final two games of their three-game set on the strength of strong performances from ace Clayton Kershaw and Yu Darvish.
Alex Wood is next up, and the lefty would like to get back on track and snap his own losing skid. Wood has lost back-to-back decisions for the first time this season as he has lost his first two starts of September. He’s given up at least seven hits, four earned runs, and three walks in each of those two starts.
Wood’s start to September is only the continuation of his downward trajectory since returning from the All-Star break. After having a sparkling 10-0 record and 1.67 ERA in the first half of the year, he’s been a mere mortal in the second, sporting a 4-3 record and a 4.53 ERA.
Wood has had experience playing against the Nats during his time with the Braves, but he last faced them in 2015. Over four career starts at Nationals Park, Wood is 0-2 with a 2.84 ERA.
Betting on the Washington Nationals (89-57)
The Nats snapped a rare losing skid and avoided the series sweep by beating the Atlanta Braves last night. Rookie Victor Robles had a big night as he went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI to power the Nats. And after giving up eight runs in back-to-back games, Tanner Roark came up with six strong innings, giving up just two runs.
Edwin Jackson takes the mound next for the Nats. The 34-year-old right-hander has had a rough start to September. After giving up four earned runs in 5.2 innings against the Brewers, Jackson had his worst outing of the season last time out as he gave up five earned runs on seven hits in just 3.1 innings against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Jackson has had a solid season overall, though. In 10 starts with Washington, he owns a 3.88 ERA and has consistently been able to go deep into games.
The Nats have not been able to protect homefield advantage against the Dodgers in recent meetings. Washington is just 1-4 against LA in their last five matchups at home.
Wood gets back to winning ways as the Dodgers (-140) bring down the Nats.
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