Two of Major League Baseball’s teams to watch in the second half of the season will meet up following the All Star break as the LA Dodgers and Washington Nationals will be playing game one of their three game weekend series. They get things started from Washington on Friday July 19th at 7PM Eastern Time and coast to coast television is provided by the MLB Extra Innings channel. Check the updated MLB odds at Bovada sportsbook.
A check of the odds from this contest and we find the home side Washington Nationals favored by –160 odds with the take back on the road underdog LA Dodgers at +145 odds. The run total came in at 7 ½ runs.
The pitching matchup for Friday will feature former Miami Marlin Ricky Nolasco squaring off with the phenom Stephen Strasburg for the Nationals. On the year Nolasco is 6-9 in his 20 starts with an ERA of 3.76 and WHIP of 1.22. Strasburg is 5-7 in 18 starts with an ERA of 2.99 and WHIP of 1.13.
The Dodgers and Nationals will meet for the fourth time this 2013 season. They games were held in Los Angeles with the Dodgers winning two of the three games held in mid-May. The LA pitching staff of Zach Greinke and Clayton Kershaw held Washington to just one run total in their final two games of the series. Greinke and Kershaw are scheduled to pitch on Saturday and Sunday as they face Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmerman of the Nationals. LA hit the All Star break with momentum as they climbed over .500 and won two of four last weekend against the Colorado Rockies. The LA offense was anemic in the final three games of the series as they manage just two runs total and wasted quality starts by Nolasco and Kershaw. Outfielder Yasiel Puig had been hampered by a hip issue and the All Star break came at the best possible time. It has been a disappointing year thus far for the Washington Nationals as they enter play with a mark of 48-47 and sitting in second place in the NL East division. They entered the All Star break losing three of four games to last pace Miami Marlins. In their three losses they scored a total of five runs until avoiding the dreaded four game sweep with a 5-2 win on Sunday.
Our Major League Baseball best bet for Friday July 19th will be playing on the underdog LA Dodgers +145 odds against the Washington Nationals. Washington starter Strasburg enters play with an ERA of 6.60 and WHIP of 1.67 over his past three starts. Nolasco has better recent form with an ERA under three over his past three starts. Play LA and before you do read about sportsbook reviews.