Edinson Volquez
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Edinson Volquez, Miami Marlins at Pittsburgh Pirates
Volquez is 2-7 with a 3.79 ERA following his no-hitter in his last start. Pittsburgh is hitting .242 and averaging 4.17 runs.
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Season Totals: 56 starts, 18-19, 318.2 IP, 212 Ks, 4.01 ERA (142 earned runs), 1.34 WHIP (321 hits, 107 walks)

The Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers are going to face one another in the first of three games that should make Monday an interesting day for MLB fans. There is a lot to consider in the Dodgers/Nationals matchup, a lot for analysts to look at and predict.
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And, obviously, anyone looking to predict a winner between these two teams has to take into account how the Dodgers and the Nationals performed when they met in the National League Division series in 2016.
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The figures don’t look too good for the Nationals. Looking at Dodgers and their 35-23 numbers, and the Nationals’ 35-20, it might not seem so obvious why Washington is being perceived as the underdog.
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After all, both teams seem relatively similar when it comes to their performance levels. But the Dodgers definitely appear to edge the Nationals out, but only by a bit, and only in some instances.
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Pundits looking to understand the strength of the Dodgers going into the Monday game have to look at the seven games the team played on the road. Los Angeles is coming back home with a 4-3 record, which isn’t bad.
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Washington, on the other hand, currently boasts a 5-1 run so far; this is as they make their way through California on a trip that will see them play nine games. Of course, neither of those figures says much unless one dissects the performance of each Dodgers and Nationals game.
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“It’s the first time the Nationals and the Dodgers meet this season and Washington took Game 1 last night. Both teams have been really solid in their division, with the Nats leading in the NL East and the Dodgers in second below the Colorado Rockies in the NL West. Washington looks more solid in the sportsbook odds and they are the current favorite at -120. The Dodgers might have the home field advantage but it might not do much for them.” says David Strauss, line director at MyBookie.ag.
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It is worth noting that both teams are so close when it comes to their strength that the favor the Dodgers are enjoying probably doesn’t mean that much. One also cannot ignore the fact that the Nationals have had a lot to celebrate on their road trip, having left the first two series a winners.
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There is still some buzz over their 11-10 victory on Sunday against Oakland. All eyes will be on Gio Gonzalez. The first eight weeks of the season have seen the lefty deliver all manner of surprises on the mound. The Nationals can trust him to hold his own against the Dodgers, especially when one considers just how well Gonzalez has performance away from home.
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Then again, the Dodgers have every reason to be confident. After all, when one looks at all the times the Dodgers have played the Nationals, Washington has rarely come out ahead. In fact, the last sixteen matchups have seen the Dodgers walk away with a 12-4 record.
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Los Angeles has earned the right to get a little cocky about their chances, and the Nationals have every reason to worry. The Dodgers will, no doubt, look to Hyun-Jin Ryu to make an example out of the Dodgers.
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Ryu has been performing very well in recent games. And he also seems to perform really well at home, which is good because Washington will be going to the Dodgers’ home ground for the Monday game.
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The Dodgers are probably going to continue their dominant streak against the Nationals; though, a surprise upset could still shake things up.
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Game Odds
Game:
Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
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Spread:
Washington Nationals -1½+150
Los Angeles Dodgers+1½-170
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Total:
7½ O+110 / U-130
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Moneyline:
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Washington Nationals -120
Los Angeles Dodgers +100

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Wade Miley Orioles
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Wade Miley, Baltimore Orioles vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Miley is 2-3 despite a  2.82 ERA. He’s 1-2 in home starts despite a 1.01 ERA. Pittsburgh is hitting .242 and averaging 4.16 runs per game.
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Season Totals: 55 starts, 17-19, 311 IP, 208 Ks, 4.11 ERA (142 earned runs), 1.35 WHIP (315 hits, 106 walks)

Chase Anderson
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Chase Anderson, Milwaukee Brewers vs. San Francisco Giants
Anderson is 4-1 with a 3.30 ERA and has thrown 14 scoreless innings in his last two starts.  He’s 1-0 at home with a 2.12 ERA (4.36 road) and was 7-5 with a 3.82 ERA last year (4.92 road). The Giants are hitting .231 and averaging 3.5 runs per game.
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Season Totals: 54 starts, 16-19, 306 IP, 204 Ks, 4.12 ERA (140 earned runs), 1.35 WHIP (308 hits, 105 walks)

Mike Fiers
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Mike Fiers, Houston Astros at Kansas City Royals
Fiers is 2-2 with a 4.96 ERA, but has a 3.24 ERA in his past three starts and gave up one earned run in six innings (1.50 ERA) in an earlier start against Kansas City. The Royals are hitting .234 and averaging 3.53 runs per game.
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Season Totals: 54 starts, 16-19, 306 IP, 204 Ks, 4.12 ERA (140 earned runs), 1.35 WHIP (308 hits, 105 walks)

Trevor Bauer
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Trevor Bauer, Cleveland Indians @ Kansas City Royals
Bauer is 3-0 in his past four starts with a 4.13 ERA. Kansas City is hitting .231 and averaging 3.42 runs per game.
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Season Totals: 51 starts, 15-18, 291.2 IP, 193 Ks, 4.17 ERA (135 earned runs), 1.35 WHIP (292 hits, 102 walks)

Robert Gsellman
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Robert Gsellman, New York Mets vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Gsellman has a 2.81 ERA in his last four outings (16 innings) and is 2-2 at home with a 4.38 ERA (9.20 ERA on the road). Pittsburgh is hitting .236 and averaging 3.93 runs per game.
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Season Totals: 51 starts, 15-18, 291.2 IP, 193 Ks, 4.17 ERA (135 earned runs), 1.35 WHIP (292 hits, 102 walks)

Josh Tomlin
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Josh Tomlin, Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals
Tomlin is 3-6 with a 5.79 ERA, but he gave up one run in a complete game against the Royals in his last start and has a 3.58 ERA in his past five starts. In two starts against Kansas City he’s 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 16 innings. The Royals are hitting .231 and averaging 3.42 runs per game.
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Season Totals:  50 starts, 14-18, 284.2 IP, 186 Ks, 4.27 ERA (135 earned runs), 1.37 WHIP (289 hits, 101 walks)

Chase Anderson
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Chase Anderson, Milwaukee Brewers at New York Mets
Anderson is 3-1 with a 3.72 ERA. The Mets are hitting just .246.
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Season Totals:  50 starts, 14-18, 284.2 IP, 186 Ks, 4.27 ERA (135 earned runs), 1.37 WHIP (289 hits, 101 walks)

Matt Cain
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Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants vs. Atlanta Braves
Cain is 3-2 with a 4.91 ERA, but is 3-0 at home with a 1.19 ERA. He’s also 3-0 in night starts with a 3.55 ERA.
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Season Totals:  48 starts, 14-16, 272.2 IP, 182 Ks, 4.19 ERA (127 earned runs), 1.35 WHIP (272 hits, 97 walks)


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