Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Dodgers - 4/9/21 MLB Picks and Prediction

Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Dodgers - 4/9/21 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Dodgers (5-2) vs Washington Nationals (1-2)

Game Info: Friday, April 9, 2021 at 4:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)

Walker Buehler (0-0) (3.00) vs Joe Ross (0-0) (0.00)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Dodgers -245 / Washington Nationals +220 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

 The Los Angeles Dodgers will host the Washington Nationals in a National League matchup this Friday. The two teams did not face each other during the COVID shortened 2020 season.

Washington will come into this game 1-2 after their 2-0 loss to the Braves on Wednesday. They managed just two hits in the game, wasting a solid performance from Strasburg. The righty pitched 6 shutout innings allowing just 1 hit with 8 strikeouts. Through their first three games the Nationals have a .250 team batting average with 2 home runs. Ryan Zimmerman leads the team with a .444 batting average.

Starting for Washington will be Joe Ross for the first time this season. He last pitched in 2019 when he was 4-4 with a 5.48 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 57 strikeouts. Against these Dodgers in his career he has allowed a .407 batting average with 2 home runs in 24 at bats.

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Los Angeles will come into this game 5-2 after their 4-3 loss to the A’s on Wednesday. Trever Bauer went 6.2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits with 10 strikeouts. They had 8 hits in the game, but were just 2-21 with runners in scoring position, stranding 14. So far in 2021 they are second in the league with a .310 batting average. Corey Seager leads the team with a .423 batting average and 7 RBI.

The Dodgers will start young righty Walker Buehler on Friday. In his first start at Colorado he went 6 innings allowing 2 runs on 4 hits with 4 strikeouts. In his career against this Nationals lineup he has allowed a .176 batting average with 0 home runs in 31 at bats.

The Dodgers are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 6-4 on the run line, and the over is 5-5.

The Nationals are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 6-4 on the run line, and over is 6-3-1.  

The Dodgers are playing too well to fade right now. Their offense on paper is one of the best in the league and they are hot to start the year. They have hit Joe Ross hard in previous matchups, and he is pitching for the first time in two seasons. On the flip side Walker Buehler is pitching well and has been solid against the Nationals in his career. Not much value in the money-line here but its the safe play. Give me the Dodgers to win. 

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Joe’s Pick Los Angeles Dodgers -245

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