In the first of a three-game series between the Washington Nationals (56-37) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (52-42) at Nationals Park, Reynaldo Lopez (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and Scott Kazmir (7-3, 4.52 ERA) take the mound. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jul. 19 and will air on MAS2 and SNLA.
This is the first start of the season for Lopez. Daniel Murphy (.350, 54 Rs, 18 HRs, 67 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 1 Sunday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Dodgers were victorious the last time Kazmir pitched. He went 3.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out five and walking three in a 10-6 victory over the Padres. Corey Seager (.301, 63 Rs, 17 HRs, 43 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well offensively for the Dodgers, going 3 for 5 Sunday with two runs and one RBI.
The Nationals are a -115 favorite with a total of 9.
Pick - LAD
In their last game, the Dodgers lost by a margin of one run. The Nationals are 14-12 in one-run games. The Dodgers have a 15-16 record in close games.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Nationals are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Dodgers have a 22-1 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Dodgers are 9-29. The Nationals have a 10-23 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 18th in home runs, Los Angeles has hit 102 this season. Washington ranks fourth with 127 home runs.
Ranking seventh, Los Angeles is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 322 this season. Washington ranks in the top five at fourth with 335.
The Nationals are 46-19 when they hit at least one home run. The Dodgers perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 37-22 record.