Dodgers Complete Sweep of Nationals in DC

Willie Bee

Sunday, September 17, 2017 12:58 PM UTC

Sunday, Sep. 17, 2017 12:58 PM UTC

They’re baaaaack! The Los Angeles Dodgers have strung together 4-straight wins to pull out of their slump, but it’s the Nationals who are chalked on the MLB odds in Sunday’s series finale.

To paraphrase Mark Twain, “Talk of the Los Angeles Dodgers being dead was an exaggeration.” Less than a week after the franchise’s worst losing streak in more than 60 years. The Dodgers are indeed alive and well and on the cusp of a series sweep in Washington against the Nationals. ESPN airs the potential NLCS preview beginning at 8 PM (ET) with Hyun-Jin Ryu (5-7, 3.59) opposing Washington’s Stephen Strasburg (13-4, 2.64). BetOnline has the Nats priced -145 with 8 for the scoreboard hurdle.

Alex Wood and a pair of relievers combined to blank the Nats in Friday’s series opener, LA plating all of its runs in the first three innings of the 7-0 decision. The Dodgers again scored eaerly on Saturday, then relied on the bullpen to hold on to a 3-2 win as -160 chalk on the MLB odds. Los Angeles has now won eight of its last 10 in DC, including taking 2-of-3 here in last year’s NLDS, totals split down the middle at 5-5-1 the last 11 at Nationals Park.


Ryu Pitching For 1st Time In 12 Days
Both of tonight’s starting pitchers took a loss when these sides met in Los Angeles for a 3-game set in early-June. Ryu allowed four runs in his seven innings of work to drop the series opener by a 4-2 count against fellow southpaw Gio Gonzalez. That was the first time the Korean had faced the Nationals. Strasburg worked the series finale, a 2-1 LA victory in which the former San Diego State ace went six and allowed two runs (1 earned).

Ryu helped the Dodgers to 6-straight wins before he ran up against the Diamondbacks his last two assignments. Arizona belted him in Phoenix, but he came back with six innings of 1-run baseball 12 days ago, the Snakes eventually posting a 3-1 triumph in 10 frames. Strasburg begins this contest with a string of 34 scoreless innings to his credit, the Nationals winning his last four starts including a complete-game 6-hit shutout against Miami. He’s done pretty well against LA hitters over the years, though Adrian Gonzalez (7-15) has given Strasburg trouble.


Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick
Filling in currently for Eric Cooper, Hunter Wendelstedt is up next in Gary Cederstrom’s crew to call balls and strikes. The 20-year vet stands 12-10-3 O/U/P on the year, home favorites running 11-8. Wendelstedt worked two games in DC earlier this season, the Nats and the totals splitting.

We could see a light shower by the time this game is winding up, the weatherman calling for mid-70s at game time with a light breeze blowing in from right. I’ll take the visitors for my free baseball pick as LA breaks out the brooms.

My MLB pick: Dodgers +141 at Bookmaker

Season: 75-79-4 (-0.40)

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