MLB – Los Angeles Dodgers at Washington Nationals

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MLB-Bud-Norris-Los-angeles-dodgers-washington-nationalsWashington Nationals aiming for revenge against Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday

The Washington Nationals have been in good form this year and have a good record.  However, they lost three straight against Los Angeles Dodgers the last time these teams met. The matchup between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals will take place on Thursday, July 21, 2016, at 12:05 p.m. ET at Nationals Park. The ballgame will be broadcast on SportsNet L.A. and MASN2.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are 10 games over .500, but only have a 22-24 record on the road. There is some uncertainty on a starting pitcher. The Dodgers still hasn’t named a starter for the game. There was a thought that Clayton Kershaw could return from the disabled list, but that is highly unlikely. It looks more like Bud Norris will make his second start of the second half. Norris acquired from the Braves and has made three starts for the Dodgers.  He has 2-0 record and a 3.94 ERA over 16 innings. The Dodgers have a pretty good pitching staff this year. The Dodgers are first in MLB in bullpen ERA at 2.89.  In 30 1/3 innings, Adam Liberatore has a 0.59 ERA. Joe Blanton has been one of the better off-season acquisitions with a 2.05 ERA in a bullpen leading 48 1/3 innings.

The Washington Nationals are expected to send the right-hander Stephen Strasburg to the mound for this game. He is having his best season to date and is developing into an ace quality starter. He has missed a couple games due to injury, but he is 13-0 with a 2.51 ERA. He is walking more than normal, but his strikeout rate has held steady and the opponent batting average against has dropped substantially. Strasburg has only given up two or more runs just five times in 17 starts. Best Sports Site Blog is going with the Nats on this one because Strasburg is still undefeated, and offensively these teams are pretty evenly matched.

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