Dodgers vs Nationals Prediction MLB Experts Picks 5/31

Dodgers vs Nationals Prediction MLB Experts Picks 5/31

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Introduction

The Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers are set to clash on May 31, 2023, at Dodger Stadium in a highly anticipated MLB matchup. In this article, we will provide a detailed analysis of each team's pitching, hitting, and injuries to offer expert MLB predictions. Based on the offensive capabilities of both teams and the pitching vulnerabilities, we believe that betting on the over of 9.5 runs is the best bet for this game.

 

Pitching Analysis

The Nationals will rely on left-hander Patrick Corbin to take the mound. Corbin has had an inconsistent season, with a 4-5 record, a 4.88 ERA, and a 1.42 WHIP. He has shown vulnerability, giving up 9 home runs in 62.2 innings pitched. Corbin's struggles to keep opposing hitters in check and his propensity for allowing runs make him a target for the potent Dodgers lineup.

Opposing Corbin will be right-hander Noah Syndergaard for the Dodgers. Syndergaard has also struggled this season, posting a 1-4 record with a 6.27 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. He has struggled with command, issuing 7 walks in 47.1 innings pitched. Syndergaard's inconsistency and susceptibility to giving up runs create opportunities for the Nationals' hitters.

Considering the pitching matchup and the vulnerabilities displayed by both Corbin and Syndergaard, it is likely that both teams will find success at the plate, contributing to a higher-scoring game.

 

Hitting Analysis

The Nationals' lineup features hitters such as Lane Thomas and Joey Meneses, who have shown the ability to drive in runs. Thomas has displayed power with 8 home runs, while Meneses has been consistent with a .294 batting average and 29 RBIs. They will be looking to capitalize on the Dodgers' pitching weaknesses and contribute to the run-scoring opportunities.

The Dodgers possess a formidable lineup, led by Max Muncy and Freddie Freeman. Muncy's power has been on display with 17 home runs, while Freeman has excelled with a .344 batting average and a .589 slugging percentage. The Dodgers' lineup has the potential to exploit Corbin's struggles and put runs on the board.

 

Injury Report

The Nationals have a few players listed as day-to-day, including Jeter Downs, Jackson Tetreault, and Sean Doolittle. Their availability may impact the team's lineup construction and depth.

The Dodgers have Tyler Cyr on the 60-day IL, but overall, they have a relatively healthy roster heading into this matchup.

 

Prediction

Based on the pitching vulnerabilities displayed by Patrick Corbin and Noah Syndergaard, as well as the offensive capabilities of both teams, we predict that betting on the over of 9.5 runs is the best bet for this game. The combination of inconsistent pitching and potent lineups suggests that both teams will contribute to a higher-scoring affair. Patrick Corbin has struggled against the Dodgers in his career and Syndergaard has been awful this season.

 

Pick: Over 9.5 runs

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