The second place 47-47 LA Dodgers will open up a weekend series against the 48-47 Washington Nationals in a Major League Baseball game on Friday night.
Start time from Washington is scheduled for 7PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the MLB Extra Innings channel.
The betting odds from this MLB contest have Washington favored by -160 odds with the return on the road underdog LA Dodgers at +145 odds. The run total is lined at 7 ½ runs.
The Dodgers will send right hander Ricky Nolasco to the mound to work his 21st game of the 2013 season. Nolasco is 6-9 with an ERA of 3.76 and WHIP of 1.22. He has allowed three earned runs or less in his past three starts. The LA right hander last threw on Sunday and allowed three earned runs and eight hits in five innings pitched in a home loss to Colorado. The Dodgers split a four game series with the Colorado Rockies heading into the All Star break following a 3-1 home defeat on Sunday afternoon as a -131 betting odds favorite. The game finished under 7 ½ runs.
Washington will counter with right hander Stephen Strasburg in game one of this weekend series. The Nationals hurler is 5-7 in 18 starts with an ERA of 2.99 and WHIP of 1.13. He has allowed 11 earned runs over his past two starts working eight innings. Prior to that Strasburg allowed two earned runs or less in eight start starts. The Nationals hurler last appeared last Friday and allowed seven earned runs and five hits in two innings pitched in a road defeat at Miami. Washington broke a three game losing streak heading into the All Star break following a 5-2 road win at the Miami Marlins on Sunday as a -132 betting odds favorite. The game finished under 8 ½ runs.