It is the finale of a three-game series between the two teams. The Nationals have been an early season surprise in MLB props and futures but historically they have struggled against the Dodgers.
Betting Major League Baseball with the Dodgers is definitely more popular than betting on the Nationals. This season though, the Nats have held their own. It has helped that they have been home a lot. This is the final game of a long 10-game homestand. Washington begins a six-game road trip in Chicago tomorrow against the Cubs.
Before this series began, the Dodgers had won 14 of the last 20 games against the Nationals. This is a better Nationals team than in the past but they are still not at the level of the Dodgers. MLB props and futures still list Los Angeles as a contender to win the National League this season while the Nationals are not even an afterthought.
Last year the Dodgers took two of three at Washington, winning 7-6 and 14-2. The Nationals did get a 5-4 victory though in the middle game of that September series. Two of those games went over the total for those betting Major League Baseball with the other game a push.
One reason the Nationals have been a better team to take this season when betting Major League Baseball is their speed. The Nats started the season leading the league in stolen bases. Nyjer Morgan has called his team the "The Track Nats." The Nationals may look to run on Sunday in this game against the Dodgers. One of the keys for Washington this season has been their starting pitching. When their starters go at least five innings the Nationals are very tough to beat.
Those that are betting Major League Baseball are aware that Los Angeles has had some early season struggles especially in the pitching staff. Earlier this week the Dodgers designated veteran pitcher Russ Ortiz for assignment Sunday and recalled rookie Jon Link. The club is expected to activate left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo and right-hander Ronald Belisario. Ortiz was terrible for the Dodgers as he had a 10.29 ERA. "It's kind of incomplete for me," Ortiz said, "If anything, I let myself and my teammates down."