Washington Nationals (1-3) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (6-2)
The Los Angeles Dodgers will be looking for their second straight victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday. L.A. beat Washington on Friday, 1-0. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for the Dodgers against Washington.
With Washington not naming a starter by the time this preview was written, there is no line or total set for this game.
Ross Sharp in Loss to DodgersJoe Ross tossed five scoreless innings, but the Dodgers were able to get to the Nationals bullpen for a lone run and that is all they needed in the 1-0 loss. Washington had eight hits in the game, but struck out 10 times and left seven men on base. Jonathan Lucroy and Juan Soto each went 2-3 for the Nationals.
FINAL // Dodgers 1, Nats 0 pic.twitter.com/GvRzew8IEu— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 9, 2021
Washington is 26th in runs per game at 3.00 while allowing 3.75 per contest, 12th overall. They are hitting .248 as a team. The Nationals have hit just two homers through their first four games, both hit by Trea Turner.
Lucroy is the leading hitter for the Nationals, going 4-10. He has two RBI. Turner leads the team in RBI with four. Starlin Castro has three RBI and is hitting .267.
With a starter not named, the Nationals are likely going to have to lean on their bullpen and that is not a bad option. The group has a 3.86 ERA in 10 appearances with 11 strikeouts in 9.1 innings pitched.
Washington has a number of players out for this game, including starter Patrick Corbin who would have been going on Saturday. 1B Josh Bell is out as is catcher Yan Gomes. LF Kyle Schwarber is also out and the team will be without three of their relievers.
Buehler Shines in Dodger WinWalker Buhler tossed six shutout innings in the Dodgers victory. He allowed six hits and no walks. Justin Turner swung the big bat for L.A. going 3-3 and his second homer of the year was the difference in the contest. The Dodgers recorded just four hits.
Turn up, JT. pic.twitter.com/J8KgcUBbxZ— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 9, 2021
Los Angeles is sixth in runs per game at 5.63 and is 11th in runs allowed per game at 3.63. The Dodgers are hitting .295, second in the league. The bullpen has been great for this team, posting a 0.00 ERA.
It is expected that Julio Urias will go for the Dodgers. He was spectacular in his first start of the season, allowing one run on three hits in seven innings. Urias (1-0) walked one and struck out six.
Turner is off to a fast start. He is hitting .414 with two homers and eight RBI, scoring six runs. Mookie Betts is hitting .348 but he will be out for this game. 1B Max Muncy is hitting .333 with five runs scored and five RBI.
The Dodgers are not without their injuries. Besides Betts being out, Cody Bellinger will also be out of the lineup. Four relief pitchers will be out as well, including Caleb Ferguson.
- 5-12 in their last 17 games on the road.
Los Angeles Dodgers:
- 4-1 in their last five games on a Saturday.
- 4-1 in their last five games against NL East teams.
- 84-32 in their last 116 games at home.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Dodgers are 37-18 in the last 55 meetings between these teams in Los Angeles. With the Nationals not having their starter, they were already at a disadvantage, but the bullpen is depleted with a group of the relievers out.
Urias has been great, and he has the benefit of four key pieces of the Nationals lineup being out. Plus, his bullpen is absolutely spectacular.
Full-Game Total Pick
Without Washington setting who their starter will be, it is hard to determine how this score will go down, but we can get a solid projection of how Washington should do. They are likely to struggle against Urias, so I expect no more than three runs out of them at the most.
The Nationals should be solid no matter what. They have a great staff even with key pieces missing. For that reason, I expect this game to stay close.
Take Los Angeles to win, 4-2.