Dodgers vs. Nationals Prediction and Odds for Monday, May 23 (Dodgers Roll in Trea Turner's Return to Washington)

Trea Turner returns to Washington for the first time as a member of the Dodgers tonight
Trea Turner returns to Washington for the first time as a member of the Dodgers tonight / Tim Nwachukwu/GettyImages

The 27-13 Los Angeles Dodgers saw their seven-game winning streak snapped in a 4-3 loss to Philadelphia yesterday but hope to get back in the win column as they open a series with the 14-28 Washington Nationals tonight at 7:05 PM EST.

Washington picked up an 8-2 win over Milwaukee yesterday but have won just one game in each of the last five series they've played. They'll send Joan Adon to the mound in hopes of consecutive wins for the first time in over three weeks. Adon has a pitiful 1-7 record and 6.38 ERA but has improved in recent weeks.

Tyler Anderson will oppose Adon and he's coming off seven strong innings against Arizona in which he only allowed two runs. He got shelled for seven runs against Philadelphia in the start before that though, so he's hoping to string together a couple of solid outings.

Can Los Angeles get back in the win column behind Anderson or will the Nationals finally get back-to-back wins?

Here are the odds from WynnBET Sportsbook to help us find out ahead of this Dodgers vs Nationals matchup:

Dodgers vs Nationals Odds, Run Line and Total

Run Line:

  • Dodgers -1.5 (-125)
  • Nationals +1.5 (+105)


  • Dodgers: -195
  • Nationals: +175


  • 9.0 (Over -110/Under -110)

Dodgers vs Nationals Prediction and Pick

If you take out Tyler Anderson's disaster start against Philadelphia two weeks ago, he's had a marvelous season. He has a 2.30 ERA in his other seven appearances and has done an excellent job limiting walks.

I expect Anderson to find success against a Nationals lineup that has scored two or fewer runs in seven of their last 10 games. When you pitch, it's typically a good sign if you're able to limit hard contact and walks while generating swings-and-misses. Well, Anderson ranks in the 94th percentile in hard hit percentage and 93rd in both walk rate and chase rate (how often a batter swings at a pitch out of the strike zone). Check, check, and check.

His counterpart today, Joan Adon, has not quite found the same success. Or much success at all, for that matter. Adon is in the sixth percentile in expected ERA and 10th in walk rate. In fact, he walked five batters in 3.2 innings in his last home start. That's bad news against a Dodgers team that leads MLB in walks per game.

Los Angeles has the second-highest OPS against right-handed pitchers this month and with Adon's command issues, the Dodgers should score in bunches. It's Trea Turner's first game back in Washington as well, so he should be fired up to face his former teammates.

With mismatches across the board and coming off a loss, back the Dodgers to push Washington to 2-11 on the year as a home underdog.

Pick: Dodgers -1.5 (-125)

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