Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Preview
Where: Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles, CA
When: Friday, June 5, 2017 – 10:10 PM ET
TV Broadcast: WZTU / CSN-C
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Betting on the Washington Nationals (35-20)
It wasn’t pretty, but the National League-East-leading Nationals returned to the winning column on Sunday. They almost blew a seven-run lead to the Oakland Athletics in the ninth inning before fully closing it out, 11-10.
The Nats, who are ahead of everyone in their division by 10 or more games, have won nine of their last 12, and in four of their last five, they had 10 or more hits, including 20 this past Friday.
Daniel Murphy is leading the team’s wide array of potent hard-hitters, particularly in the past week, as he is 14-for-29 (.482) with one homer and seven RBIs in his last six. In the same span, four other batters are batting above the .320 mark.
Over at the defensive side, the hot-and-cold Gio Gonzalez is getting the nod to start. He had an 1.62 ERA in April, but messed up a lot in May and only compiled a 4.37 ERA during the month. To confuse all of us even more, the Dodgers are only 18-for-114 against him all-time (.158).
Betting on the Los Angeles Dodgers (35-23)
Dodger fans might be having some mixed feelings about the team’s current stretch. The 3-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday was only the third defeat in 11 games, but it was also the second time in four nights where the Dodgers got shutout. Also, the 3-for-30 performance on the plate also tied a season-worst.
Oh, and the division lead has now been surrendered to the Colorado Rockies.
Obviously, though, this isn’t time to panic. It’s only June and there’s still plenty of time to regain the spot. Yasiel Puig and Chris Taylor are having some good numbers in the past week despite the ugly outing yesterday, with both combining to go 17-for-51 (.333) for 11 runs, two homers, and 10 RBIs in that span. Corey Seager is only hitting at the .200 mark in his last six (5-for-25), but considering the talent, we should see a return to form soon.
Hyu-Jin Ryu, meanwhile, is stepping to the mound to headline the pitching duties. He’s just 2-5 with a 3.91 ERA in nine appearances this season, although it’s good that he has only allowed one earned run on five hits and two walks in his last 10 innings.
The Nationals (+125) win, 9-6.
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