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Strasburg, Kershaw Meet In Massive Pitching Duel

Stephen Strasburg and Clayton Kershaw will go head-to-head for the first time in their careers when the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers close out a three-game set Wednesday. The red-hot Nats, who are looking for the series sweep, have won seven of their past eight games while averaging nearly six runs per game.

Shark Bites
  • Clayton Kershaw has a 2.02 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP in 14 career appearances against the Nationals.
  • The Nationals are 10-26 SU in their last 36 games on the road against the Dodgers.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the Dodgers' last 7 games.

The Nationals will be hard pressed to put up big offensive numbers against Kershaw, who has a 2.28 ERA this season and has allowed more than four earned runs in a game only twice since the start of last season. However, one of those appearances came against the Nationals in Game 4 of last year’s NLDS when Washington had seven hits and five earned runs. Though Kershaw was hit around a bit in that series, he was also a strikeout machine with 19 K’s to three walks in 12.1 innings.

Strasburg has been excellent all season long but has really brought his game to another level in his most recent outings. The former first overall pick in the MLB draft has a 1.66 ERA with 33 strikeouts and five walks in his past three starts, all of which saw him pitch at least 7.0 innings. Strasburg should have a level of revenge on his mind for this game, as the Dodgers ended his streak of 16 consecutive winning decisions in his last outing against LA (July 21, 2016).

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Los Angeles Dodgers as -163 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB betting odds matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 7 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 4.4-2.4 win for the Nationals on Wednesday. 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 bring a 35-25 record to the battle against the 37-20 Nationals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Washington injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 2 (Los Angeles Dodgers) and the No. 9 (Washington Nationals) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the Los Angeles Dodgers No. 12-ranked scoring average of 4.77 runs per game, against a Washington Nationals offense rated No. 1 and scoring 5.61 runs per game. The Dodgers have averaged 8.35 hits per game to date this season, less than the Nationals hitters have managed (9.65 per nine innings).

Los Angeles owns the No. 1 defense, allowing 4.77 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Washington's No. 9-rated defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Washington hopes solid pitching and defense that led to their last victory - a 14-strikeout performance from M Scherzer - will prevail again after their 2-1 victory against Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Washington is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
  • Washington is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
  • Washington is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games on the road
  • LA Dodgers is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games
  • LA Dodgers is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • LA Dodgers is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of LA Dodgers's last 7 games

Next Betting Matchups

Washington home to Baltimore, Thursday, June 8th
Los Angeles home to Cincinnati, Friday, June 9th

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