A Long Night
Los Angeles was unable to get anything going in a game that saw a three-hour, 17-minute rain delay, as it ultimately dropped a 4-0 decision to Washington in the series opener Monday.
The Dodgers played without the services of outfielder Yasiel Puig, who is listed as day-to-day with a head injury, but it’s important to point out that he went hitless in nine at-bats against the Nationals in 2013.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the club is 12-14 after getting shut out, with the 'under' going 14-11-1 in that situation.
4 is the magic number
Washington improved to 15-1 when scoring four or more runs this season with last night’s victory, while it also snapped a five-game losing streak in this particular series.
The Nationals have one of the best bullpens in baseball—a group that has compiled a 1.89 ERA in the early going this season.
MLB handicappers will find that the franchise has split its 14 games versus teams with a winning record in 2014.
Dodgers' starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 1.35 ERA) returns to the mound after being sidelined for a little more than six weeks with a back injury, as he was last seen picking up a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia on March 22.
The left-hander allowed three runs, eight hits and struck out 15 batters in 10 innings over two minor league rehab outings.
In nine career games versus the Nationals, Kershaw has put together a 5-2 record and 3.18 ERA.
Blake Treinen (0-0, 1.35 ERA) will make his fourth career appearance and first start for the Nationals, as he’s allowed a single run and 11 hits over 6.2 innings of work this season.
The right-hander surrendered two earned runs over the course of four outings in Spring Training, while giving up just two in 11.1 frames at Triple-A Syracuse.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Dodgers as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve gone 20-6 in Kershaw’s last 26 outings against NL East opponents.
MLB Free Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers -160