Washington Nationals Vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (7/27/22) Starting Lineup, Betting Odds, Prediction

The Washington Nationals are 33-65 this year through 98 games, fifth place in the National League East; they have a .1% of making the 2022 postseason.  Since their championship in 2019, Washington has a record of 124-196; at +200000, the Nationals are the biggest longshot to win the 2022 World Series.

The Dodgers are the favorite to win the 2022 World Series title at +360, they last won the World Series in the COVID shortened season of 2020, their first title since 1988.  Los Angeles is 64-31 through their first 95 games of the season, first place in the National League West and at -8000, are favored to win the National League West, they’ve won nine out of the last 10 NL West division titles.

Washington Nationals Vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Odds

Against National League West clubs, the Nationals are 11-13.  Washington is 11-23 in their first 34 games against left-handed starters.  On the road this year, the Nationals are 18-29 in their first 47 games away from the nation’s capital.

Los Angeles is 11-10 against foes from the National League East in 2022.  Against left-handed starters, the Dodgers are 21-11; 10 games over .500 this season.  Playing at Dodger Stadium this campaign, Los Angeles has won 34 out of 48 games.

Washington Nationals Starting Lineup

CF L. Thomas R
2B C. Hernandez S
RF J. Soto L
DH N. Cruz R
1B J. Bell S
C K. Ruiz S
LF Y. Hernandez L
3B M. Franco R
SS L. Garcia L

Washington Nationals Vs. Andrew Heaney (L)

Two-time All-Star Juan Soto is one of the best players in baseball and it looks as though his time in Washington, DC could come to end soon as the Nationals have him on the trade market.  The Dodgers are expected to be one of the bidders for the 23 years old.  This year, Soto has smashed a club leading 20 home runs, driven in 45 runs, and accumulated 160 totals bases.  Additionally, he has .491 slugging percentage, .404 on-base percentage with an OPS of .895 that leads the team in 2022.  

Yadiel Hernandez is fifth on the club in home runs with seven this campaign.  He’s driven 34 runs with 103 total bases and an OPS of .732 in 2022.  Centerfielder Victor Robles has three home runs and knocked in 24 runs through his first 83 games of the season.  Overall, he has 51 hits, 29 runs scored and a team leading 11 stolen bases this year.

Josh Bell leads the Nationals in hitting this season with a .302 batting average in 354 at-bats.  The first baseman is second on the team in home runs with 13 and leads Washington in runs batted in with 51.  The left-handed hitting, Bell leads the Nationals in total bases (174) and slugging percentage (.492) and second in OPS (.879).  Maikel Franco has hit eight home runs and driven in 38 runs for Washington this season.  Overall, the third baseman has 78 hits, 28 runs scored and 117 total bases. 

Designated hitter Nelson Cruz has mashed eight home runs in 2022 and hit 457 home runs in his 18-year career.   The 41-year-old is second on the Nationals in runs batted in (48) and has 102 total bases on the season. In 13 career games against the Dodgers, Cruz is hitting .304 with four home runs and nine runs batted in.

Andrew Heaney is expected to start on Wednesday against the Dodgers as he’s coming off the 10-day injured list.  In three starts this season, the lefty is 1-0 with a 0.59 ERA.  Tossing 15 1/3 innings, he’s struck out 23 with a 0.848 WHIP. 

Los Angeles Dodgers Starting Lineup

RF M. Betts R
SS T. Turner R
1B F. Freeman L
C W. Smith R
DH J. Turner R
LF J. Lamb L
3B M. Muncy L
CF C. Bellinger L
2B G. Lux L

Los Angeles Dodgers Vs. Patrick Corbin (L)

Freddie Freeman has been on fire the last few weeks, pushing his average to a team leading .322, in his first season in Dodger Blue.  The 2020 NL MVP, has hit with 15 home runs, knocked in 62 runs with an on-base percentage of .398 in his first year as a Dodger.  The first baseman leads the club in total bases (201), slugging percentage (.539) and OPS (.937).

Trea Turner is batting .306 in 385 at-bats this year; second on the team.  The shortstop has 24 doubles, two triples, 15 home runs, 69 runs batted in: fourth in the National League and a .848 OPS.  Additionally, he has 191 total bases, 17 stolen bases, which leads Los Angeles and a .352 on-base percentage.  This campaign, Justin Turner has 22 doubles, eight home runs, 53 runs driven in and 125 total bases with a .736 OPS.  The veteran third baseman has scored 41 runs while slugging .406 in 2022. 

Mookie Betts has belted a team leading 22 home runs with 51 runs batted in and 168 total bases.  The right fielder has also hit 17 doubles, scored 67 runs, slugged .525 with an OPS of .865.  The 2018 American League MVP is listed at +950 to win the 2022 National League MVP.    Cody Bellinger has 12 home runs, 35 runs batted in with 120 total bases.  The former NL MVP has 11 stolen bases, 14 doubles, two triples and scored 46 runs in 2022. 

Catcher Will Smith has hit 14 home runs and driven in 47 runs this season.  The 27-year-old backstop has accumulated 134 total bases with a slugging percentage of .462 and an OPS of .817 in 2022.

This season, Patrick Corbin is 4-13 in 20 starts with a 6.02 ERA.  He’s struck out 98 batters and allowed 70 runs in 104 2/3 innings with a 1.701 WHIP in 2022.   Corbin has won 85 games in his career with a 4.22 ERA while striking out 1,436 hitters in 1,489 2/3 innings.  

Washington Nationals Vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Picks & Prediction

The Nationals are averaging 3.92 runs per nine innings, 27th overall in MLB.  They have a team batting average of .246, 13th in the league, and their OPS is .687, 25th overall in baseball.  Washington’s pitching staff has allowed 5.58 runs per nine innings, 30th in MLB with opponents’ batting .268 against the club, 29th in the league. 

Los Angeles is averaging 5.18 runs per nine innings, second in Major League Baseball. They have a team batting average of .256, fourth in the league, and their OPS is .774, second in all of MLB.  The Dodgers’ pitching staff has allowed 3.29 runs per nine innings, first in the league with opponents’ batting .216 against the team, second in MLB. 

Besides the New York Yankees, the Dodgers have the most dangerous lineup in all of baseball, every player in their lineup one through nine can hit the ball out of the ballpark and drive in runs; this will be a challenge for one of the worst clubs in baseball, the Nationals who are allowing over 5.5 runs per game.  Lefty Patrick Corbin leads the league in losses, hits and earned runs, this looks to be a romp for Los Angeles.  I’ll take the Dodgers to win by over 1.5 runs as Los Angeles wins another game at home. 

Scott has been a sports fan since he received a New York Mets jacket as a toddler. He’s been playing fantasy baseball and football for over 20 years, dating back to Frank Thomas being one of his first fantasy baseball picks. As a professional, he has covered the NFL, MLB, NCAAF, and NCAAB and is looked to as the go-to guy for fantasy sports amongst family, friends, and co-workers.

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