Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 10/6/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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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 -120 / Los Angeles Dodgers +100 --- Over/Under: 8
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals meet in game three of the NLDS in MLB action from Nationals Park on Sunday night.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to bounce back after dropping game two on Friday by a final count of 4-2, evening the set up at 1-1. Max Muncy had a solo home run and Justin Turner had a double and an RBI to round out L.A.’s scoring as a team in the loss. Joc Pederson added a double as well while Will Smith and Matt Beaty each had a base hit to finish off the Dodgers’ offense as L.A. had just five hits as a team in the loss. Clayton Kershaw took the loss after giving up three runs on six hits while striking out four over six innings of work. Hyun-Jin Ryu will start game three and was 14-5 with a 2.32 ERA and 163 strikeouts this season. In his career, Ryu is 2-1 with a 1.35 ERA and 30 strikeouts against Washington.
The Washington Nationals will look to make some noise after evening the set up at one win apiece following their game two win on Friday. Anthony Rendon had a double while going 2 for 4 with an RBI while Howie Kendrick, Adam Eaton and Asdrubal Cabrera each had an RBI to cap off Washington’s scoring as a team in the win. Trea Turner went 2 for 5 with a double and Ryan Zimmerman and Victor Robles each had a double as well to finish off the Nationals’ offense as a team in the winning effort. Stephen Strasburg got the win after allowing one run on three hits while striking out ten over six innings of work while Daniel Hudson closed out a shaky 9th for his 1st save of the playoffs. Anibal Sanchez will start game three and was 11-8 with a 3.85 ERA and 134 strikeouts this season. In his career, Sanchez is 1-3 with a 3.53 ERA and 41 strikeouts against the Dodgers.
Los Angeles is 0-4 in Ryu’s last 4 starts against a team with a winning record and 2-5 in their last 7 playoff games while the under is 5-1-1 in their last 7 NLDS games. Washington is 37-17 in their last 54 games overall and 41-17 in their last 58 home games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 playoff games.
I had gone back and forth after the late announcement that Scherzer wouldn't start here and that Anibal Sanchez would get the nod. However, I'm still going to back the Nationals here. As good as Ryu's been, he hasn't been as good away from home and the Nationals have to be feeling good going home with a chance to win the series at home. It wouldn't surprise me if the Dodgers won here, and getting L.A. at even money is tempting, but I just think that the home crowd can push Washington to a win here and put the Dodgers on the hot seat in game four.