This game could be low scoring as Zack Greinke (11-2, 1.71 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (62-50) go up against Joe Ross (3-3, 2.80 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (58-53) in the second of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. The Nationals won the last game 8-3 and Washington leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 10:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 11 and will air on MASN and SNLA.
In his most recent outing, Greinke pitched 6.0 innings, allowing six runs, striking out eight and walking two in a 10-8 victory over the Phillies. Yasmani Grandal (.289, 40 Rs, 15 HRs, 44 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 5 with two RBIs. The Nationals were victorious over the Diamondbacks 8-3 the last time Ross pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing one run and striking out seven. Bryce Harper (.333, 77 Rs, 29 HRs, 69 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run.
Los Angeles is a -176 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at six runs. When playing as the favorite, the Dodgers have a 55-44 record and overall money line at -1,057. Over their past 10 games, Los Angeles's offense has been playing lights out, averaging 5.4 runs per game, well over their season average of 4.2. The Dodgers are a power hitting team with 137 home runs, one of the highest totals in the MLB. Los Angeles's pitching staff has fallen apart in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game rose to 5.5 during that span, compared to its 3.7 season average. The Dodgers don't give up many hits to opposing batters, ranking fourth in the NL with only 8.2 hits allowed per game. The have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, leading the NL with 8.6 strikeouts per game.
On the other side, the Nationals have a subpar record of 12-19 when they are the underdog and are -791 overall with the money line. Over the last 10 games, they were winless as the underdog with a 0-3 record and 3-7 SU. They also allow just 2.2 walks per road game, best in the NL.
The Dodgers will take on a right-hander (Ross) in this game and have a 54-38 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Greinke will take the mound against the Nationals, who have a 43-43 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
Los Angeles has won 50% (21-21) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Washington has won 55% (27-22) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Nationals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Dodgers have a 16-25 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Dodgers are 46-10. The Nationals have a 45-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling in the top half of the league based on total runs this season, Los Angeles ranks 12th with 470 runs and Washington is 13th with 467.
Los Angeles ranks at the top of the league when it comes to walks with 383 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 345.
The Dodgers are 48-31 when they hit at least one home run. The Nationals perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 42-25 record.