The Dodgers are suffering through another period of injuries that eventually might end the team’s playoff chances.

Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Dodgers

Washington took two of three games against the Dodgers in a three-game series in the nation’s capital back in April 23-25, limiting them to five runs over that span.  The Nationals suffered a 8-4 defeat to the Diamondbacks last night, as they commited three fielding errors that led to four runs.  “Obviously, we played sloppy,” said third baseman Ryan Zimmerman.  “We need to clean that up.”  With 109 games in the books, the team’s 48 wins to date easily surpasses the 36 victories they earned at this point last season.  Washington has struggled on the road as of late, posting a 10-31 mark outside of the DC area since May 13.  The Nationals are 20-38 overall on the road (-790) and the total is 25-29 O/U in those games.  Don’t forget to bet this team during August, going 31-33 over the last three years for a surprisingly healthy profit (+1,140).

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Bettors will be hard-pressed to find a more lopsided pitching matchup than this series finale at Nationals Park.

Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals

Philadelphia has dropped the two opening games of this series and have produced a 7-20 mark on the road since May 30.  Before this series, the Phillies were an impressive 15-6 in the nation’s capital since the start of the 2008 season.  Closer Brad Lidge blew the save in Saturday’s 7-5 loss and is now 1-1 with a 5.57 ERA and 10 saves in 14 opportunities this season.  “He’s our guy,” Manuel said.  “We’ve been working with him now for two years.”  The club dropped to 12-14 when facing left-handed starters this season (-790) and the total is 11-15 O/U in those contests.  In 2009, the Phillies went 29-16 (.644) in games started by opposing southpaws, which was the best winning percentage among all NL teams.  Philadelphia has now dropped its last five road series, with its last such win coming on June 15-17 in New York (AL).  The club is 32-24 in August the last three years (-200).

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Baltimore Orioles

  • The Orioles and Nationals meet in the rubber game of their three-game series.  With a win, Baltimore would capture its first road series victory since 9/11-9/13/09 at New York.
  • Baltimore is 5-8 in daytime games this season (-80).  The Orioles are also just 4-9 against left-handed starters (-320).
  • SP Kevin Millwood has a 3.22 ERA in three afternoon starts this season.  Since the start of 2009, Millwood has a 2.95 ERA in 13 daytime starts.  At night since the start of the ’09 season, the right-hander has a 4.01 ERA.
  • Millwood has received just 27 runs of support in his nine starts and the Orioles have scored just 16 runs while he is in the game (4-5 O/U).

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