Dodgers versus Nationals 15th September 2017
Los Angeles Dodgers versus Washington Nationals series starting 15th September @ Nationals.
One of the top match ups this week, the National League West leading Dodgers take on the National League East leading Nationals.
The Dodgers just ended a long losing streak, but still are favorites to win the National League. It’s no surprise the match up is relatively even in most phases of the game. Ok let’s analyse the games a bit more and hopefully get you a winning pick below.
- Friday’s pitching match up features Alex Wood for the Dodgers versus Edwin Jackson for the Nationals. Wood is 14-3 with a 2.81 ERA, although is 0-2 in his last two starts. He’s allowed only 102 hits in 134 1/3 innings. Jackson is 5-5 with a 4.14 ERA and has allowed a staggering 15 home runs in 63 innings.
- The middle game of the series on Saturday has Rich Hill taking the mound for the Dodgers against Stephen Strasburg for the Nationals. Hill has lost his last two decisions, although still has a decent record of 9-8 with a 3.67 ERA. Strasburg has been outstanding, not allowing an earned run in his last four starts. Overall, his record is 13-4 with a 2.64 ERA, striking out 182 in 156 2/3 innings.
- In the series finale on Sunday, Hyun-Jin Ryu faces off against Geo Gonzalez. Ryu has lost four decisions and is now below .500 at 5-7 with a 3.67 ERA. Gonzalez has been excellent, allowing only 143 hits in 184 2/3 innings. His record is stellar at 14-7 with a 2.86 ERA.
The Nationals power attack is lead by Ryan Zimmerman, who has 31 home runs and 93 RBI. Anthony Rendon is batting .302 with 23 home runs and 91 RBI, while Daniel Murphy has been the best overall hitter at .321 with 22 home runs. Watch for Trea Turner on the basepaths, as he’s stolen 39 this season.
Cody Bellinger leads the Dodgers in home runs with 36, while Yasiel Puig has 25 home runs for a solid power combo. Justin Turner, Corey Seager and Chris Taylor have been remarkably consistent, each with 19 home runs and batting averages around .300.
Cut to the Chase Prediction
The Nationals are playing better baseball right now than the Dodgers and are at home. Look for the Nationals to win this series, taking two of the three games.
NB that all statistics are for games through Tuesday, September 12.