Clayton Kershaw (9-6, 2.51 ERA), attemping to pick up his 200th strikeout of the season, starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers (63-50) as they square off against Jordan Zimmermann (8-7, 3.44 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (58-54) in the last of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers won the last game 5-0 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 12 and can be seen on MASN and SNLA.
Kershaw pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs, striking out five and walking two in a 5-4 defeat to the Pirates. Justin Turner (.323, 36 Rs, 13 HRs, 44 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. Zimmermann went 6.2 innings, surrendering one run and striking out six in a 5-4 defeat to the Rockies in his last outing. Bryce Harper (.333, 77 Rs, 29 HRs, 69 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run.
This one isn't expected to be close when Los Angeles, a substantial -213 favorite, takes on Washington. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at six runs for this matchup. The Dodgers have an overall money line of -1,166 and a record as the favorite of 55-45. The Dodgers are one of the best in the MLB in terms of home runs with 138. Los Angeles's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 5.6 runs per game, well above its season average of 3.7. The Dodgers are the fourth-best team in the NL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 8.2 hits per game so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Dodgers, who lead the NL in strikeouts per game with 8.6.
In games where it is the underdog, Washington has a 13-19 record and an overall money line of -691. When it comes to issuing walks on the road, the Nationals have the fewest in the NL with only 2.2 walks allowed per game.
The Dodgers lead the season series, 3-2. The Dodgers have a 54-38 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Zimmermann takes the mound. Kershaw (LHP) will be on the hill against the Nationals, who have a 15-10 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
Los Angeles won its last game in a shutout, its 16th of the season. Washington has been shut out seven times this season.
The Dodgers are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Nationals have a 6-18 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Nationals are 9-46. The Dodgers have a 13-36 record when opponents outhit them.
Washington ranks in the top half of the league at 12th when it comes to home runs, hitting 112 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at fifth with 138.
Ranking 11th, Washington is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.42 per game. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 8.51.
Ranking 16th, Washington is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.712). Los Angeles ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .759.
The Nationals are 23-34 when they allow at least one home run. The Dodgers perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 26-35 record.