Nationals vs. Dodgers Sunday Night Pick
The Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers are off to slow starts in 2018 but one team will get back to .500 with a victory on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. Will it be the Nationals or Dodgers that collect a win on national television?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Sunday, April 22, 2018
8:05 p.m. ET, Dodgers Stadium
TV: WSH (MSN2); SNLA (LAD)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbook YouWager currently list the Dodgers as a -180 favorite. As of this writing, 60% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Dodgers to beat the Nationals on the money line. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Hellickson fares well in first start for Nationals
Jeremy Hellickson allowed two earned runs over 4 2/3 innings Monday in a no-decision versus the Mets.
It was the regular-season debut for Hellickson, who signed a minor league contract with the Nationals in mid-March. He gave up seven hits and a walk, but he also struck out three and Washington eventually won the game 8-6 after a six-run eighth inning.
The 31-year-old right-hander will try to work a little deeper in his next start against the Dodgers tonight.
Dodgers' Wood still winless for L.A.
Alex Wood allowed one unearned run, two hits and a walk with seven strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision Tuesday in San Diego.
The seven strikeouts were a season high for Wood. The good news for Wood is that he still has yielded just one homer through 23 innings over four starts and he has issued just one walk so far, too.
This season he is winless through four outings, but he is still a must-start fantasy option for his solid control. His next scheduled start is set for Monday against the Marlins to kick off a two-start week.
MLB Betting Trends
The Nationals are just 16-35 in their last 51 road games versus the Dodgers and have dropped five of their last six games versus a left-hander.
The Dodgers have won five of their last six games overall, are 43-18 in their last 61 games against the National League East, and are 4-1 in their last five games versus a right-handed starter.
The Dodgers have won 10 of Wood's last 14 home starts, are 5-2 in his last seven outings versus the National League East, and are 20-8 in his last 28 starts overall. Wood hasn't won a game yet in 2018 but that should change tonight. Hellickson fared well versus the Mets but the Dodgers should jump him early and often. Lay the -180 if you want but I see more value in the runline, which is cheaper and should cash if Wood can deal against the Nats.
The Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5