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2021 MLB Handicapping
(1-2) Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (5-2)
Date: Friday, April 9th, 2021
Time: 4:10 PM ET
Venue: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Projected Pitchers: Joe Ross vs. Walker Buehler
MLB Moneyline Odds: Nationals +242 | Dodgers -272
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Nationals +1.5 , Dodgers -1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8.5
The Washington Nationals will really need to show up with their A-game here, as they take on the defending World Series champion Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles this Friday.
The Washington Nationals started the season with 4 straight postponements, but have since been able to get on the field and have thus far only managed to pick up 1 win during their 3 game series against the Atlanta Braves.
Stephen Straburg was on the hill for the Nationals in that last game and he gave his side as good a chance to win as they could have hoped for going 6 strong innings with 8 strikeouts and allowing only 1 hit.
A performance like that will probably be tough for today’s starter Joe Ross to replicate, as he goes up against one heck of a batting lineup which very well could still be the best in all of baseball.
Juan Soto has not started off the season all that hot batting .250 and 1 RBI and the Nationals will need him to do plenty of heavy lifting in 2021 if they are to be contenders. It is far too early to judge anything Soto has done so far, and I am fairly confident that he will have an excellent season here for the Nationals and continue to establish himself as one of the future faces of baseball.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodges had their 5 game winning streak snapped last time out in a loss to the Oakland Athletics and given the way this Dodgers team is constructed I am sure we will see plenty more of their winning streaks getting snapped this season.
The LA Dodgers are stacked top to bottom in terms of batting, but they have already suffered some pretty substantial injuries with Cody Bellinger and Mookie Betts both listed on the injury report for this contest. Cody Bellinger is expected to miss this game with a calf injury while Mookie Betts’ injury appears to be less significant with the star right fielder expected back for this contest.
Walker Buehler will be getting the start here and this guy looks to be a future star and should be primed for a great performance here against a Nationals batting lineup which has struggled early on.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Nationals are 5-12 in their last 17 road games.
- Nationals are 2-6 in their last 8 road games with the total set at 7.0-8.5.
- Nationals are 3-11 in their last 14 road games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Dodgers are 8-2 in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Dodgers are 61-18 in their last 79 home games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Dodgers are 40-13 in their last 53 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Dodgers are 39-15 in their last 54 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days.
Free Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Prediction:
The odds are a bit ridiculous here for the Dodgers, but I think they can get a blow-out win here to cover either the -1.5 or -2.5 runline. Buehler is a big part of that, as I have been a fan of his since his rookie season back in 2018 and think he has been underrated thus far in his career and can imagine him going quite deep against a Washington team who has struggled a bit early on.
It is also the home opener for the Dodgers and they should get Mookie Betts back here, so I see them being highly motivated to pick up the win especially off the back of a loss last time out.
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