Sunday, July 19, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Zack Greinke (8-2) vs. Max Scherzer (10-7)
The Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Washington Nationals on Sunday at Nationals Park. The Dodgers send Zack Greinke to the mound to face Max Scherzer of the Nationals. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles at -101 and Washington at -109. The over/under was set at 6.5. The Dodgers, with a 38-52 run line record, cover the spread 51% of the time. They also have a 44-43 over/under record. The Nationals have a 44-40 over/under record and a 40-47 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 46% of the time.
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The Dodgers head into this matchup with a 51-39 record, including 18-22 on the road. Zack Greinke has an earned run average of 1.39 and is 8-2 so far on the season while having a 0.84 WHIP. He's pitched 123.1 innings thus far while surrendering 84 hits over that time and when he starts, the Dodgers are 12-6. The Dodgers are also 9-9 against the over/under in his starts. The team is averaging 3.8 runs when he starts. The bullpen has given up 225 hits on the season and have a earned run average of 3.61. Opposing teams are hitting .231 against the Dodgers bullpen while walking 89 times and striking out 288 times. Los Angeles is averaging 7.31 strikeouts per game while getting 8.32 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 11th in baseball in team earned run average at 3.60.
Los Angeles is batting .248 as a team, which is good for 20th in the league and hitting .255 away from home. The Dodgers on-base percentage sits at .311, which puts them at 19th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .396. Howie Kendrick leads the team in hits with 97 while the team ranks 21st in baseball with 8.3 hits per game.
With a 25-16 home record, Washington will hope to improve on their 48-39 overall mark. Max Scherzer is starting this game 10-7 for the season with an earned run average of 2.11 and a WHIP of 0.78. He's pitched 132 innings thus far while surrendering 89 hits over that time in which the Nationals are 11-7. The Nationals are also 5-12 against the over/under in his starts. The team is averaging 3.5 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen has given up 229 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 3.30. Opposing teams are hitting .244 against the Nationals bullpen while walking 74 times and striking out 225 times. Washington is averaging 7.91 strikeouts per game while getting 8.92 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.56.
They are batting .255 as a team, which is good for 11th in the league and hitting .250 at home. The Nationals on-base percentage sits at .320, which puts them at 11th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .401. Yunel Escobar leads the team in hits with 97 while the team ranks 14th in baseball with 8.59 hits a game.
In terms of team defense, the Dodgers have a fielding percentage of .989 with 36 total errors, 938 assists and 2,410 put outs. The Nationals have committed 55 errors on the season with 823 assists and 2,325 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .983 on the year.
Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Dodgers are 44-43 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Dodgers are 38-52 against the run line so far this season
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 44-40 against the over/under so far this season
The Washington Nationals are 40-47 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Los Angeles Dodgers
07/05/15 P Carlos Frias Back Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/1)
06/18/15 P Chris Hatcher Oblique Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/15)
06/02/15 P Paco Rodriguez Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/30)
04/28/15 P Brandon McCarthy Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/26), out for season
04/28/15 LF Carl Crawford Oblique Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/27)
04/06/15 P Hyun-Jin Ryu Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
07/10/15 CF Denard Span Back Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/6)
07/05/15 P Stephen Strasburg Oblique Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/4)
06/26/15 2B Anthony Rendon Quad Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/25)
06/11/15 1B Ryan Zimmerman Foot Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/10)
05/19/15 LF Jayson Werth Wrist Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/16)
04/30/15 LF Reed Johnson Calf Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/29)
04/15/15 P Craig Stammen Forearm Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/14)
04/06/15 LF Nate McLouth Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
Josh's Pick: Take the Dodgers
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