Brett Anderson (6-6, 3.06 ERA) and Gio Gonzalez (8-4, 3.75 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (62-49) and the Washington Nationals (57-53) at Dodger Stadium. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 10 and can be seen on MASN and SNLA.
Anderson pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out five and walking two in a 4-3 win over the Phillies. Yasmani Grandal (.289, 40 Rs, 15 HRs, 44 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 5 with two RBIs. Gonzalez went 5.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out seven and walking one in an 11-4 defeat to the Diamondbacks in his last outing. Bryce Harper (.335, 76 Rs, 29 HRs, 69 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
Los Angeles is a -133 favorite against Washington and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Dodgers have an overall money line of -941 and a record as the favorite of 55-43. The Dodgers are one of the best in the MLB in terms of home runs with 136. Crossing over to the pitching staff, the Dodgers are the second-best team in the NL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 8.1 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.
As for their opponent, Washington is coming in with an overall money line of -791 and a disappointing record of 12-19 as the underdog. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-3 record when playing as the underdog. 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, 2-1. The Dodgers have an 8-11 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Gonzalez takes the mound. Anderson (LHP) will be on the hill against the Nationals, who have a 14-10 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
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 one walk during their last outing. The Dodgers have a 9-13 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Dodgers are 46-10. The Nationals have a 44-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 17th in runs, Washington has earned 459 this season. Los Angeles ranks 12th with 467 runs.
Los Angeles ranks at the top of the league when it comes to walks with 381 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 342.
When the Dodgers hit at least one home run, they are 48-30, well-matched with the Nationals who are 41-25 when hitting one or more homers.