Major league baseball on Sunday and we will see the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Washington Nationals in game 3 of their 3 game series from Nationals Park. Free Pick to follow. First pitch is scheduled for a 1:35 PM (Eastern) start time and the game will be televised locally.
Over/ Under: 6 O -120
Yesterday the Dodgers and Nats had to finish up their game from Friday night, in which the Nats won, but last night Clayton Kershaw showed that he will be fine by tossing 8 shutout innings in the 4-2 Dodgers win. The Dodgers rank 14th in scoring (4.16 rpg), while on the mound they are 5th in ERA (3.31). The Nationals rank 11th in scoring (4.26 rpg), while on the mound they are 9th in ERA (3.56).
Trends for this game include: The Dodgers are 6-1 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series and 8-2 in Greinke's last 10 starts vs. a team with a winning record, but just 4-11 in their last 15 road games vs. a team with a winning record. The Nats are 9-2 in their last 11 vs. a team with a winning record and 9-3 in Scherzer's last 12 starts as a favorite.
Getting the ball for the Dodgers today will be Zach Greinke, who is 8-2 with a 1.39 ERA in 18 starts this year, while on the road he is 4-1 with a 1.28 ERA in 7 starts. Zack is 3-1 with a 2.22 ERA in 5 career starts vs the Nationals, while in this park he has gone 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 2 starts.
Taking the hill for the Nationals today will be Max Scherzer, who is 10-7 with a 2.11 ERA in 18 starts this year while at home he has gone 4-4 with a 2.83 ERA in 8 starts. Max is 2-3 with a 3.51 ERA in 9 games (7 starts) vs the Dodgers in his career.
Pick: Going with the Dodgers in this one. Zack Greinke has been on a major roll and he has a 35.67 scoreless innings streak going, while in his last 3 starts he has an 0.44 WHIP. Max Scherzer had his big streak this year, but he does have a 3.74 ERA in his last 3 starts and the Nats have scored just 1.3 rpg for him over that stretch. Max is 4-2 with a 1.66 ERA in day starts, but Zack is 3-0 with an 0.00 ERA in his day starts this year. Zack is also 17-4 during game 3 of a series and would like to have a strong showing after allowing that leadoff homer to Trout in the All-Star game. The Nats were shutout for 8 innings last night by Kershaw and I don't see them getting much of anything Greinke in this one.
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NCAA Football Betting Pick: Utah vs. Arizona State
The Arizona State Sun Devils are coming to Utah for a Pac-12 college football match up in October and pro bettors Teddy Covers and Steve Fezzik think the timing, the altitude, and the competition will be just too much for ASU. The Utes' stadium is a high-altitude venue, and the Sun Devils are going to be in the stretch of a rough run of games including match ups with conference heavyweights USC and Oregon. With this away game sandwiched between these tough games and no bye week to help them rest and recover, the thought is Utah will be the team to bet.