- Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Predictions
Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Predictions
Pickswise's Expert Predictions & Analysis
Run Line Prediction
The Los Angeles Dodgers have looked every bit like the favorites to repeat as World Series champs. They have mostly looked dominant, a couple of small hiccups notwithstanding. Max Scherzer will start for the Nationals, and he got roughed up a bit in his first start, giving up four home runs. Washington got off to a late start as COVID-19 issues postponed their first few games, and it seemed to really throw them out of sync. They have gone just 1-4 out of the gates, and the offense has been putrid. They have Juan Soto and Trea Turner but not much else.
The Dodgers on the other hand have put together a historic lineup, and they have an endless string of guys who can beat you. Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts, etc. Clayton Kershaw will make his third start of the season for the Dodgers on Sunday. He got shelled in his first outing, but after what he did in his second I think we can just chalk that up to rust. Last week against the A’s he dominated, giving up only four baserunners and one run in 7.0 innings. Take the Dodgers on the run line.
Game Totals Prediction
The under also makes some sense in this one. Kershaw and Scherzer are both aces and two of the best pitchers of the last decade, so we should get a duel here. As I alluded to above, things have been pretty bleak for Washington’s offense. On Wednesday and Friday they were shutout in back to back games, although to be fair one of them was a seven-inning doubleheader game. Still, that’s ridiculously bad. Kershaw is coming off a vintage performance, so I don’t see any reason to believe he won’t breeze through this Nationals lineup. Los Angeles’ offense certainly hasn’t been unstoppable, and they only scored one run in the first game of this series on Friday. Against Scherzer, don’t expect them to send this one over by themselves.