Los Angeles Dodgers at Washington Nationals - 10/6/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Dodgers at Washington Nationals - 10/6/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Dodgers (107-56) at Washington Nationals (94-70)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 7:45 pm (Nationals Park)

Hyun-Jin Ryu (14-5) (2.41) vs. Max Scherzer (11-7) (2.99)

The Line: Washington Nationals / Los Angeles Dodgers --- Over/Under:

TV: TBS

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals meet Sunday in MLB action at Nationals Park.

The Los Angeles Dodgers need a bounce back performance to retake the series lead after losing game two, 2-4. The Dodgers have lost seven of their last 10 games when scoring three or less runs. Seeing Clayton Kershaw struggle in yet another postseason game is not a good sign for this teams World Series chances. The Los Angeles Dodgers have lost back-to-back games just once since September 1. Max Muncy leads the Dodgers with three hits and four RBI while Joc Pederson and Justin Turner have combined for four hits and two RBI. Hyun-Jin Ryu gets the ball, and he was 14-5 with a 2.32 ERA and 163 strikeouts this season. Ryu is 2-2 with a 4.11 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his postseason career.

The Washington Nationals have a chance to inch closer to a big series upset with a win here and a 2-1 lead. The Nationals have won 17 straight games when scoring four or more runs. The Washington Nationals have to be pleased that their offense showed signs of life against one of the top pitchers in the game, and they should be even more relaxed now that they’re back at home, a place they haven’t lost since September 14. Trea Turner leads the Nationals with three hits while Anthony Rendon and Adam Eaton have combined for four hits and two RBI. Max Scherzer gets the ball, and he was 11-7 with a 2.92 ERA and 243 strikeouts this season. Scherzer is 4-5 with a 3.83 ERA and 106 strikeouts in his postseason career. 

The Dodgers are 44-16 in their last 60 Sunday games, 53-24 in their last 77 games following an off day and 17-6 in Ryus last 23 starts. The Nationals are 7-1 in their last 8 Sunday games, 11-4 in their last 15 games following an off day and 3-7 in their last 10 playoff home games. The Dodgers are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Washington and 10-4 in the last 14 meetings. The under is 11-4-1 in Nationals last 16 games following an off day. The under is 34-16-2 in Ryus last 52 road starts.

Ryu has allowed 19 hits and six runs in his last 25.1 innings, and he has a 2.72 ERA and .253 allowed batting average on the road. Scherzer has a 3.16 ERA and .224 allowed batting average at home. While Ryu is good on the road, he's hittable on the road and not close to the same pitcher he's been this season at Dodger Stadium. Scherzer was dominant in the small role he played in game two, and in 122 at bats against current Dodgers, he's allowing a .156 batting average with 41 strikeouts. The Washington Nationals have to like their chances at home with their ace on the mound. I'll take the home team.

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