Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Free Pick – June 21, 2016
When: Tuesday, June 21 – 10:10 PM EST
Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Odds: Nationals +105/Dodgers -115
Over/Under: 7.5 Runs
The Washington Nationals own the best road record in the major leagues at 23-16, but opened this three-game set at Dodger Stadium with a 4-1 loss Monday night to make it three consecutive losses away from home.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have won six of their last seven and four straight at home to improve to a 21-15 record in Chavez Ravine. They sent Clayton Kershaw to the bump last night and have the luxury of handing the ball to another tough left-hander tonight.
About the Washington Nationals (43-28)
Tanner Roark (6-4, 3.14 ERA) takes the mound for Washington. Roark has struggled on the road all year long with a 4.07 ERA compared to a 2.25 ERA home in Washington. He’s conceded nine runs on 14 hits in nine innings in his last two starts away from home, despite visiting lowly offensive teams in Cincinnati and San Diego.
Roark will be making his first career start against the Dodgers, although he has pitched three innings of relief, allowing one run in those three innings.
The Nationals offense ranks 11th on the Majors while averaging 4.64 runs per game with a .251 team batting average.
About the Los Angeles Dodgers (39-33)
Scott Kazmir (5-3, 4.64) takes the hill for the Dodgers. Kazmir yielded three runs on five hits in four innings of a no-decision versus Milwaukee his last start. He’s struggled with command all year and has yielded seven walks in his last two starts alone. Kazmir is 3-3 with a 4.12 ERA in seven home starts for the season.
Kazmir hasn’t faced the Nationals since May 11, 2014, when he was a member of the Oakland A’s. He pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed four hits in a 9-1 rout by the A’s.
The Dodgers offense is scoring an average of 4.20 runs per game, placing them 18th overall, and are hitting .234 as a team.
Nationals are 6-1 in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Nationals are 4-0 in Roarks last 4 starts.
Nationals are 2-6 in Roarks last 8 starts vs. a team with a winning record.
Nationals are 1-5 in Roarks last 6 starts after scoring 2 runs or less in their previous game.
Dodgers are 5-2 in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Dodgers are 5-2 in their last 7 when their opponent scores 2 runs or less in their previous game.
Dodgers are 2-5 in Kazmirs last 7 starts vs. a team with a winning record.
Head To Head
Nationals are 16-35 in the last 51 meetings in Los Angeles.
Nationals are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings.