MLB Game Preview: Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Dodgers

May 30, 2023

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Game: Washington Nationals @ Los Angeles Dodgers

Time: 10:10 p.m.

Odds: Nationals +258, Dodgers -290

Total: 9

With the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2022, Freddie Freeman had one of his best seasons and is poised to improve even further this year. In the middle game of a three-game series tonight, Freeman will face the visiting Washington Nationals while riding an 18-game hitting streak.

On Monday, Freeman’s two-run double sparked a six-run fifth inning that helped the Dodgers defeat the Nationals 6-1. J.D. Martinez added a three-run homer in the inning as the Dodgers won after a disappointing 4-6 road trip last week. The road trip culminated on Sunday with an 11-10 loss to Tampa Bay.

Freeman matched his third-longest hitting streak of his career, and the Dodgers won for the 12th time in their last 13 home games. In his MVP season with the Atlanta Braves in 2020, he also went 18 games with a hit. In 2011, Freeman had a 20-game hitting streak and his longest such streak, 30 games, came in 2016. Thanks in large part to Freeman’s offensive contributions, Los Angeles has enjoyed significant home success. Since April 30th, he has reached base safely in each of the Dodgers’ last 11 home games.

On Tuesday, the Dodgers will start right-hander Tony Gonsolin (2-1, 1.82 ERA). Gonsolin has a 1-1 record and a 5.00 ERA in two career appearances (one start) against the Nationals. Gonsolin only suffered one defeat in 2022, which occurred on July 25 against the Nationals when he allowed four runs on six hits over the course of six innings.

Jake Irvin, a rookie right-hander for Washington (1-2, 5.32), will be making his sixth career start. Irvin made his major league debut on May 3 against the Chicago Cubs. One start later, he earned his first MLB victory against the San Francisco Giants in his only road start this season. Irvin just finished a start of four innings against the San Diego Padres in which he allowed two runs on two hits and four walks. This will be his first start against the Dodgers.

The Nationals have won two of their last three series, but their loss on Monday marked their fifth loss in their last six series openers. With a single in the second inning, CJ Abrams drove in the lone run for Washington. It was Abrams’ fielding error in the fifth that prevented a double play. Instead, the Dodgers seized the opportunity and scored six unearned runs, with Freeman’s two-run double and Martinez’s three-run home run leading the charge.

In the past 14 games between the two teams, dating back to the beginning of 2021, the Dodgers have beaten the Nationals 11 times. Washington is 2-5 SU in its last seven games on the road while Los Angeles is now 12-1 in its last 13 at home.

The Over is 7-2 in the Dodgers’ last nine games, but the Under is the trend in this series. Four of the last five Nationals-Dodgers games have gone Under the total. The Under is also 4-1 in the last five games in the series played in Los Angeles.

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