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Scherzer Forces Books to Make Dodgers Home Dogs

Approaching the halfway point of the MLB season, it’s been all Nationals all the time in the NL East. They already own an 11.5-game lead in their division and can widen that gap this evening when they send their ringer Max Scherzer (6-3, 2.56 ERA) to the mound to face Brandon McCarthy (5-2, 3.38) and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

SHARK BITES
  • The Nationals are 12-2 SU in their last 14 games on the road with Max Scherzer as the starting pitcher.
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of the Nationals' last 9 games with a closing total of 7.5 or less.
  • The Dodgers have scored 2 or fewer runs in 4 of their last 5 games.

Washington opened as the road chalk with Max chucking the rock but don’t count Dem Bums out. The Dodgers are 21-9 at their home stadium this season and Brandon McCarthy has been no joke. The lanky 33-year-old righty has allowed two or fewer runs in each of his last three starts and he has a 3-0 record at Dodger Stadium.

With the Dodgers assessed the underdog for just the sixth time this season – and for the first time at home – bookmakers are not confident they can get to Scherzer on their home turf. The strikeout specialist has been excelling away from home this year and is actually coming off a complete-game road win against the Giants in which he allowed just five hits and issued no walks.

Tonight’s total is set at 7.5 so with totals set below 8 going OVER at an astronomical rate this season and with the Nats offense scoring more runs than any other National League team, OVER could be the right play.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as MyBookie had set the Los Angeles Dodgers as 110 underdogs on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 7.5 for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Nationals to win this game 5.0-2.6. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Washington Nationals vs Los Angeles Dodgers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Los Angeles Dodgers sport a record of 35-24 heading into this matchup, while the Washington Nationals sit at 36-20 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Washington injuries news.

It's a MLB baseball betting matchup between the No. 2-rated Los Angeles Dodgers and the league No. 9-ranked Washington Nationals, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Los Angeles has baseball's No. 10-rated offensive output, at 8.42 hits per game. The Washington Nationals average 9.75 hits per game, good for No. 1 on the list.

Defensively, Washington features the No. 18-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.97 runs per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 7 at home, scoring 5.4 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Nationals grabbed a win last time out, defeating H Ryu and the Dodgers 4-2 on Monday at Dodger Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Washington is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games
  • Washington is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • LA Dodgers is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games
  • LA Dodgers is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • LA Dodgers is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games
  • LA Dodgers is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games

Next Betting Matchups

Washington at Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 7th

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