MLB Odds: Dodgers vs. Nationals MLB Picks – September 22, 2009: After taking two out of three from the San Francisco Giants at home, the Los Angeles Dodgers will embark on a nine-game road-trip with their magic number down to 4. With just 12 games left on the regular season schedule, the Dodgers continue to hold off the Colorado Rockies, who are currently 5 games back in the National League West.
First stop, our nation’s capital, where Los Angeles will play three games against the worse team in baseball. According to MLB Odds makers and MLB Picks experts, the Los Angeles Dodgers [-190 ML] have been listed as tonight’s sports betting odds favorites to defeat the (51-98) Washington Nationals [+160 ML] in the opener.
"We can't expect anybody to do anything for us, we've got to go out there and do this ourselves," Dodgers manager Joe Torre stated. "There are a lot of managers in the Major Leagues that would love to control their own destiny — it's a nice situation for us."
After this Nationals series, LA will take on another one of the worse teams in the majors, the (56-92) Pittsburgh Pirates. Nevertheless, the Angelinos aren’t overlooking anyone at this point in time. "Washington, they've been playing well the second half — they're going to come at us and do what they can,” LA right fielder Andre Ethier said.
"Pittsburgh, of course, we got them here at home three games in a row and they're probably going to want to turn the table over there," he added. "It's always tough going on these East Coast swings, especially late in the season, guys getting tired. So we'll see if we can combat it and come away with a couple of wins."
Tonight’s pitching matchup will go as follow: Dodgers RHP Hiroki Kuroda (7-6, 3.86 ERA) vs. Nats RHP Livan Hernandez (8-11, 5.22 ERA). Hence, the OVER/UNDER for this, MLB Odds: Dodgers vs. Nationals MLB Picks – September 22, 2009 game has been set at a combined total of 9 runs scored.
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