Nationals Scherzer Slight Fave over Dodgers McCarthy in LA

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Scherzer Headlines What Should be Top Pitching Duel

The Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers will meet at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night. The pitching matchup tonight should be a classic one as two of the games best take the hill for their teams. Tonights matchup and Wednesdays matchups should be a precursor to some postseason baseball.

In the series finale on Wednesday theNationals send right-hander Stephen Strasburg to the mound. He is 7-1 with a  2.91 ERA. He will face the Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, whi is 7-2 with a 2.28 ERA.

The Nationals will give the ball to starter Max Scherzer in this one. Right hander Scherzer is 6-3 this season with a 2.56 ERA. In his last two starts Scherzer has been dominant. Sherzer has compiled a 2-0 record with a 1.02 ERA. He struck out 24 and walked two in 17 2/3 innings. Sherzer pitched a complete game in his last outing. He fanned 11 with no walks and limited the Giants to a run on five hits in a 3-1 win on Wednesday at San Francisco.

Starting this game for the Dodgers will be Brandon McCarthy. The right hander has a 3.37 ERA to go along with a 5-2 record this season. McCarthy allowed two runs on seven hits in four innings in his last start. It was in a 2-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in his last start on Thursday. He struck out six and walked one before being lifted due to a finger blister after throwing 85 pitches. McCarthy made it through a bullpen session without incident Sunday and declared himself fit for his Tuesday start.

McCarthy has been particularly effective at home, where he is 3-0 with a 2.89 ERA in five starts while limiting opponents to a .212 batting average.

Oddsmakers have Had Fun This series

Oddsmakers opened the Nationals as -120-moneyline favorites versus the Dodgers, while the game’s total opened at 7.5. The line now has Scherzer as a -124=moneyline favorite. The total is now at 7.5 Under -125.

In their last action, Washington was a 4-2 winner on the road against the Dodgers. Bettors on Washington at 134 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Gio Gonzalez , who is 5-1, delivered another quality performance against the Dodgers in a 4-2 victory. Gonzalez is 4-1 with a 1.89 ERA in six career starts against the Dodgers.

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