Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Washington Nationals - 10/4/19 MLB NLDS Game 2 Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Washington Nationals (94-69) at Los Angeles Dodgers (106-56)
MLB Baseball: Friday, October 4, 2019 at 9:37 pm (Dodger Stadium)
Kershaw vs. Strasburg
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers / Washington Nationals --- Over/Under:
The Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers meet Friday in game two of the NLDS at Dodger Stadium.
The Washington Nationals couldn’t follow up their wild card performance with anything productive, as they are were shutout and held to just two hits. The Washington Nationals also watched their bullpen give up two runs each in the seventh and eighth innings, removing any possible chance of coming back late. Offensively, Trea Turner and Juan Soto combined for the only hits for the Nationals. The good news is the Nats hav lost back-to-back games just once since September 8. Stephen Strasburg gets the ball, and he was 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA and 251 strikeouts this season. Strasburg is 2-2 with a 0.41 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his postseason career.
The Los Angeles Dodgers cruised to a 6-0 win in game one and the offense picked up late, which could lead to a carryover effect in this contest. The Los Angeles Dodgers have now won eight straight games and have produced shutouts in four of their last five games. If the Dodgers pitching staff is going to show up like that moving forward, watch out. Max Muncy leads the Dodgers with two hits and three RBI while Justin Turner and Corey Seager have combined for two hits. Clayton Kershaw gets the ball, and he was 16-5 with a 3.03 ERA and 189 strikeouts this season. Kershaw is 9-10 with a 4.32 ERA and 165 strikeouts in his postseason career.
The Nationals are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 2 of a series, 5-2 in their last 7 Friday games and 87-35 in Strasburgs last 122 starts. The Dodgers are 54-18 in their last 72 home games, 11-5 in their last 16 playoff home games and 46-12 in Kershaws last 58 home starts. The Nationals are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings, 3-8 in Strasburgs last 11 starts vs. Dodgers and 0-4 in Strasburgs last 4 road starts vs. Dodgers. The over is 10-4 in Kershaws last 14 home starts. The under is 4-1-1 in Strasburgs last 6 starts overall.
Strasburg has allowed 20 hits and eight runs in his last 33 innings, and he has a 3.39 ERA and .215 allowed batting average on the road. Kershaw has allowed 21 hits and nine runs in his last 23.1 innings, and he has a 2.89 ERA and .241 allowed batting average at home. Strasburg has been money in his last three games and gives the Bats a fighting chance here. The problem is the Dodgers rarely lose with Kershaw on the mound at home, and the offense picked up late in game one, which could lead to hot bats a lot earlier in this contest. I hope for a more competitive contest this time around, but the Dodgers should be the side here.