Los Angeles Dodgers vs Washington Nationals Prediction, 7/2/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Dodgers vs Washington Nationals
Date: Friday, July 2, 2021
Location: Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-156) Washington (+120)
Nationals Park is the site where Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals (40-38, 2nd in NL East) will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers (49-31, 2nd in NL West) on Friday. The odds on this matchup have the Dodgers priced at -156 and the Nationals are at +120. The over/under has been set at 8. The men taking the mound will be Julio Urias and Max Scherzer.
The Dodgers have tallied 119 doubles as a team and have hit 103 balls out of the stadium. Los Angeles has a slugging percentage of .410 and have been called out on strikes 709 times, while drawing a walk on 346 occasions. As a team, the Los Angeles Dodgers are scoring 5.0 runs per game, which ranks them 4th in the league. They have earned 382 runs batted in and 634 hits this year, while their average at the plate is .238. They have notched a total of 402 runs scored while having a team OBP of .336.
The Dodgers have an earned run average of 3.19 on the campaign (1st in the league), and the staff has struck out 816 hitters. They have walked 236 opposing players and their FIP comes in at 3.60 as a unit for the season. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 3.46 and the pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.11. Dodgers pitchers have given up 88 home runs and 296 runs (5th in the league).
The Dodgers have dispatched 262 relievers to the mound for the season. The relief pitchers have inherited 109 base runners so far this season and 25.7% of those runners ended up crossing the plate. They have compiled 28 saves this season and have blown 16 of 44 chances to save the game. The Dodgers bullpen have earned a save rate of 63.6% and has come into the game in 99 save situations. The relief pitchers have a total of 54 holds for the season (3rd in baseball). Dodgers bullpen pitchers have entered the game with runners on 79 times and also have had 89 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Dodgers have converted 71.8% of baseballs in play into outs out of their 6,408 innings on the field, which has them ranked 3rd in professional baseball. The Los Angeles Dodgers have a total of 2,136 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 633 assists and 44 errors. Their fielding rate is currently at .984 which ranks 11th in the majors, and they have twisted 489 double plays.
Urias (21-10 win-loss mark in his career) holds a FIP of 3.48 and he has gone up against 1,378 opposing hitters in the majors. He has surrendered 291 base hits (7.9 hits per nine innings) with 108 free passes. His earned run average is 3.41 (126 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.201. Urias has taken the mound for 332 frames and has totaled 339 K's during his career.
Washington has a total of 89 HRs so far this year to go along with 308 runs batted in. They have put up 115 two-baggers, while getting a free base 240 times and scoring 319 runs. The Washington Nationals hold an OBP of .324 as well as a team batting average of .252 so far this year. The Nationals hold a team slugging % of .408 and they are recording 4.09 runs per contest (24th in the league). They have been rung up on 662 instances (23rd in the league) and have tallied 641 base hits.
The Nationals hold a team WHIP of 1.219 in addition to having a FIP of 4.33 as a squad for the year. They rank 4th in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 571. The Washington pitching staff have given up 317 runs this season while having a team ERA of 3.88 (289 earned runs relinquished). Their K/BB ratio comes in at 2.70 (666 strikeouts against 247 free passes). They have allowed 99 home runs and they surrender 4.25 runs per 9 innings (12th in the league).
Washington has called on relievers to enter the contest in 29 save opportunities and they have walked away with 20 saves. They are ranked 7th in the league with a save percentage of 69.0%, and they have dispatched 261 relief pitchers onto the field on the season. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill 68 times in high leverage situations in addition to 61 occasions with runners on. Washington relievers have an inherited score rate of 29.3% out of 92 inherited runners. With 71 save situations, the Nationals have 41 holds in addition to 9 blown saves.
The Washington Nationals have turned 56 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .984 (13th in pro baseball). The Nationals have accrued 667 assists, 44 errors and have 2,014 putouts this year. In 6,042 innings played, the Nationals hold a defensive efficiency of 71.7% (4th in pro baseball).
In his career, Scherzer has given up 2,008 base hits while accumulating 2,903 punch outs in 2,445 innings. He has allowed a total of 862 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.091 and a FIP of 3.1. He has a K/BB ratio of 4.39 and he has faced 9,909 hitters so far in his career. Scherzer (182-97 career win-loss record) has earned a 3.17 ERA and has surrendered 7.4 hits per 9 innings.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Washington (+120) and under 8 runs
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