The Los Angeles Dodgers face off with the Washington Nationals for the second time in as many nights. The Dodgers and the Nationals are meeting in a four-game series as part of Washington’s west coast swing.
The Nationals took the first game and now sit at 15-22 on the season. The Dodgers dropped to 25-15 after the 6-0 loss and it snapped a three-game win streak that they held.
This series with the Nationals is part of a nine game home stand for the Dodgers.
The first series saw the Braves come to town and up next are the Padres. In this one the Dodgers are favoured by 1.5 runs at BetOnline.
Dodgers Look to Get Back to Winning
The Dodgers have been a team of streaks this season. They started off the year very hot and then lost six games in a row to fall to 8-8. After that losing streak the Dodgers won six in a row and have been piecing together the wins and losses since then. Cody Bellinger is making a run at the MVP this year as he is off to a sustained insane start. He is batting .396 with 14 home runs.
Bellinger already has 38 RBI as well and an on base percentage of .478. He is doing all of this while not striking out much as he only has 23 on the season. Kenta Maeda takes the mound tonight fresh off a six inning outing where he allowed four runs. Maeda has an ERA of 4.66 this season and a win-loss record of 3-2. The Dodgers have lost Maeda’s last four decisions.
Nationals are Finding Their Footing
The Nationals have simply gotten off to an awful start this season. At one point they managed to get to 9-8 but since then there have been a ton of losses. They are coming into this series fresh off of getting swept by the Brewers. Prior to the win last night, the Nationals had lost four games in a row.
This year, the Nationals have won two games in a row just three times and after winning three of their first six series on the season have not won a series since. They have lost a series to the Marlins, lost three of four to the Cardinals, and just got swept. Things are not looking too good post Bryce Harper. Anibal Sanchez takes the mound tonight. Sanchez has failed to go more than 5.2 innings in all but one of his seven starts. He has a 5.15 ERA and is 0-5 on the season.
Dodgers Get Back on Track
The Dodgers are a much better team than the Nationals and I fully expect them to get back into the win column tonight. The Dodgers had an off night and usually that means bit things the next evening.
This is a favourable matchup for them with Sanchez on the mound. The Nationals have not been able to string wins together and they aren’t going to start against the best team in baseball. Take the Dodgers.