Dodgers vs. Nationals Friday Prediction
After dropping back-to-back home games against the Angels, the Dodgers will look to regroup on Friday night when they start a new series with the Nationals. Despite their recent success, there are a few reasons for bettors to fade the Nats tonight.
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, July 26, 2019
7:05 p.m. ET, Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
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Public Betting Trends
According to our MLB Public Betting Chart page, 69% of the betting tickets are on the Dodgers to beat the Nationals on the moneyline.
Los Angeles Dodgers Fantasy Spin
Justin Turner went 3-for-4 with a solo homer in the Dodgers’ loss to the Angels on Wednesday. Turner walloped a solo homer -- his 14th round-tripper of the season -- to left-center field off Angels starter Jaime Barria in the fourth inning. He also singled in the first and ninth innings, respectively. He’s started to heat up from an over-the-fence perspective, going deep five times in 17 games this month. The 34-year-old third baseman remains an elite fantasy option when healthy.
Washington Nationals Fantasy Spin
Anthony Rendon stroked a three-run homer Thursday in a loss to the Rockies. A day after guiding the Nats to a 3-2 victory with a go-ahead homer, Rendon delivered another majestic blast, this time off Rockies right-hander Jeff Hoffman to tie it up at three in the third inning. Rendon, who also drew a walk in the losing effort, had a chance to bring the Nats back yet again but squandered that opportunity by striking out looking in the ninth. The first-time All-Star has been a big part of Washington’s resurgence the past two months. For the year, he ranks sixth in the National League in batting average (.314) and eighth in RBI with 73.
MLB Betting Trends
The Dodgers are 59-29 in their last 88 games overall and are 49-23 in their last 72 contests when playing Game 1 of a series.
The Nationals have won 12 of their last 15 games when their opponent scored two runs or less in its previous game. They’re also 13-3 in their last 16 games coming off a loss.
The Nationals have won six of their last 10 games but their remains cracks in the foundation, starting with their bullpen. Fernando Rodney coughed up the game yesterday by allowing two runs in the ninth inning in an 8-7 loss to the Rockies. Granted, he nearly escaped the jam by getting a double play and part of the blame belongs to manager Dave Martinez, who used his closer three times in a span of 24 hours. Still, the Nats bullpen remains a huge issue and it’s something the Dodgers can exploit tonight. The Dodgers, meanwhile, are 19-7 in Hyun-Jin Ryu’s last 26 starts overall and have won seven of their last nine meetings with the Nationals, including six of seven in D.C.
The Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5 (-105)