Pick Greinke & Dodgers Over Nationals

Jeff Grant

Monday, May 5, 2014 1:11 PM UTC

Monday, May. 5, 2014 1:11 PM UTC

Zack Greinke is one of the hottest pitchers in Major League Baseball, which makes the Los Angeles Dodgers the clear choice over the Washington Nationals Monday night. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting lines for this National League matchup at Nationals Park.

Road trippin’ 
Los Angeles is 4-2 on its current nine-game road trip, as it attempts to bounce back from a 5-4 defeat to the Miami Marlins as +158 underdogs Sunday, while going 'over' the betting total for the fifth time in six affairs.

The Dodgers may be without the services of outfielder Yasiel Puig, who is listed as day-to-day with a head injury after colliding with the outfield wall at Marlins Park yesterday afternoon.

MLB handicappers will find that the Blue Crew is 27-15 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125 since the start of the 2012 campaign.

4 is the magic number
Washington has dropped back-to-back games, including a 1-0 setback to the Philadelphia Phillies as -129 road favorites Sunday, while going 'under' the betting total for the fifth time in seven contests.

The Nationals are 14-1 when scoring four or more runs, while they’ve dropped 13 of 16 games when failing to reach that number.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the club is 9-10 as home underdogs of +100 to +125.

Dodgers' starting pitcher Zack Greinke (5-0, 2.04 ERA) has gone 18 straight regular-season outings of at least five innings while allowing two or fewer runs, as he looks to build off a 6-4 road victory over the Minnesota Twins last time out.

The right-hander is 3-0 with a 1.65 ERA in three road efforts, but opposing hitters are batting .262 against him in that situation.

In three career efforts versus the Nationals, Greinke has tallied a perfect 2-0 record and 2.45 ERA.

Nationals' starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (2-1, 3.27 ERA) earned a 7-0 road victory over the Houston Astros last time out, as he surrendered just seven hits over 6.1 shutout innings.

The right-hander is 0-1 with a 4.58 ERA in four home appearances—issuing six free passes and collecting 21 strikeouts in 19.2 frames.

In four career games versus the Dodgers, Zimmermann has put together a 2-1 record and 6.65 ERA.

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Dodgers as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve gone 12-3 in Greinke’s last 15 outings away from Dodger Stadium.


Free MLB Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers -115

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