Los Angeles Dodgers vs Washington Nationals Prediction, 7/3/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Dodgers vs Washington Nationals
Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021
Location: Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-233) Washington (+175)
Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers (50-31, 2nd in NL West) go to Nationals Park on Saturday where they'll take on the Washington Nationals (40-39, 2nd in NL East). The Nationals open this contest at +175 while the Dodgers are priced at -233. The total opens at 9. The men taking the mound are Clayton Kershaw and Paolo Espino.
As a squad, the Los Angeles Dodgers are notching 5.0 runs per outing, which puts them at 4th in MLB. They have 408 runs while having a team OBP of .336. The Dodgers have tallied 119 doubles as a squad and have hit 105 balls out of the stadium. They have 388 runs batted in and 643 base knocks on the year, while their average at the plate comes in at .239. Los Angeles has a slugging % of .412 and have been called out on strikes 711 times, while taking a walk on 347 occasions.
Dodgers pitchers have given up 88 long balls in addition to 298 runs (4th in MLB). They have walked 240 players from the other team and their FIP is 3.60 as a team over the course of the season. They have accrued a K/BB ratio of 3.42 and the pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.11. The Dodgers hold a team ERA of 3.19 for the season (1st in baseball), and they have rung up 821 batters.
Dodgers relief pitchers have entered the game with players on base 80 times and also have had 89 appearances in high leverage situations. The relief pitchers have recorded 54 holds on the season (3rd in the league). The Dodgers relievers have a save percentage of 63.6% and has entered the game in 99 save situations. They have earned 28 saves for the year and have missed out on 16 of 44 save chances. The relief pitchers have inherited 110 base runners on the season with 25.5% of them crossed home plate. The Dodgers have sent 265 relievers to the hill this season.
The Dodgers have turned 71.8% of balls hit into play into outs out of 6,453 innings on the field, which has them sitting at 3rd in the majors. The Los Angeles Dodgers have earned 2,151 putouts at this point in the season, as well as 639 assists and 44 errors. Their fielding rate is holding steady at .984 which has them sitting 11th in pro baseball, and they have twisted 497 double plays.
Kershaw has taken the hill for 2,435 innings and has earned 2,650 strikeouts during his career. Kershaw (184-83 career record) has earned a FIP of 2.76 and he has faced 9,586 batters in the major leagues. His ERA is 2.47 (668 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.002. He has given up 1,838 base knocks (6.8 hits per nine innings) and has 603 walks.
The Washington Nationals hold an on-base percentage of .324 in addition to a team batting average of .252 this year. They have been rung up on 667 instances (23rd in baseball) and have a total of 645 base hits. Washington has accounted for 89 home runs on the season to go along with 310 runs batted in. The Nationals hold a team slugging percentage of .407 and they score 4.06 runs per game (25th in the league). They have recorded 116 doubles, while getting a free base 244 times and notching 321 runs.
The Nationals hold a team WHIP of 1.225 with a FIP of 4.35 as a team on the year. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.69 (668 strikeouts against 248 free passes). They have a ranking of 6th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits conceded with 580. They have given up 101 homers and they surrender 4.30 runs per 9 innings (12th in baseball). The Washington pitching staff have allowed 323 runs this season while having a team ERA of 3.91 (294 earned runs yielded).
Washington relief pitchers have an inherited score rate of 29.0% out of their 93 inherited base runners. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the mound 68 times in high leverage situations and on 62 occasions with runners on. Sitting with 71 save situations, the Nationals have earned 41 holds and also 9 blown saves. They sit at 7th in MLB holding a save rate of 69.0%, and they have dispatched 262 bullpen pitchers onto the diamond on the campaign. Washington has called on relievers to enter the game in 29 save opportunities and they have recorded 20 saves.
The Washington Nationals have turned 56 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .984 (15th in the majors). The Nationals have recorded 672 assists, 45 errors and have accounted for 2,029 putouts so far this season. In their 6,087 innings played, the Nationals are sitting with a defensive efficiency of 71.6% (4th in baseball).
In his MLB career, Espino has surrendered 58 base knocks while he has tallied 53 punch outs in 65 frames. He has conceded a total of 27 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.127 and a FIP of 4.8. His K/BB ratio is 3.31 and he has gone up against 274 batters in his pro baseball career. Espino (2-2 record in his career) is the owner of a 3.70 ERA and has allowed 7.9 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Washington (+175)
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