Los Angeles Dodgers vs Washington Nationals – 7-17-15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions
Major League Baseball returns from their All Star Break on Friday July 17th and the featured game for Fantasy mock draft managers to check out is the LA Dodgers and Washington Nationals. Follow the scoring results of your fantasy rosters over MLB Network at 7PM Eastern Time from Washington D.C.
The LA Dodgers hold first place in the NL West with a record of 51-39 holding a 4 ½ game lead over the second place San Francisco Giants. The team has hit for power this season with 113 homers good for fourth best in baseball. With flaws in the bullpen and starting rotation the Dodgers are fourth best in baseball on the year in pitching areas such as ERA (3.30), WHIP (1.19) and quality starts (1.19). With the many changes over the off-season the defense improved for LA as the team sits third in baseball with 35 errors on the year.
The Washington Nationals at 48-39 season to date have a three game lead in the loss column over the second place New York Mets. The Nationals sit in the top half of the league in most of the major offensive and defensive categories in Major League Baseball.
LA Dodgers 2B: Howie Kendrick is batting 2.92 with seven homers and 37 RBIs. He enters play on a four game hitting streak.
LA Dodgers 1B: Adrian Gonzalez looks to break from a 3 for 19 hitting slump. The veteran slugger was off to a fast start but slumped of late as his average has fallen to .283. He has 18 homers with 55 RBIs this year.
LA Dodgers CF: All Star Joc Pederson has good power numbers with 20 homers and 40 RBIs season to date. His strike out numbers is high which has brought down his hitting average to just .230.
LA Dodgers SS: Jimmy Rollins has struggled on the year with a hitting average of .213 with eight homers and 29 RBIs. Rollins is hitting .294 over his past seven games.
LA Dodgers C: Yasmani Grandal has been a good acquisition for the Dodgers via the Padres. The 26-year-old catcher is hitting .282 with 14 homers and 36 RBIs. In 2014 the Dodgers had struggled with their catchers in regards to hitting.
LA Dodgers P: Clayton Kershaw is 6-6 on the campaign with an ERA of 2.85 and a WHIP of 1.02. He has had three good starts of late by giving up one earned run to the Mets and Marlins with Kershaw pitching a nine-inning shutout to Philadelphia on July 8th.
Washington Nationals RF: Bryce Harper is having an MVP type season. He is batting .339 with 26 homers and 61 RBIs season to date. He has a four game hitting streak entering on Friday.
Washington Nationals 3B: Yunel Escobar the 32 year old Cuban has a .321 hitting average with four homers and 27 RBIs. Escobar is on fire for his past seven games with a batting average of .462.
Washington Nationals C: Wilson Ramos is on a hitting slump for the month of July with a hitting average of .200. His average has dropped down to .255 with eight homers and three RBIs.
Washington Nationals 2B: The Nationals second basemen is looking to break out of a 2 for 12 slump as he hit the All Star Break.
Washington Nationals SS: Wilmer Difo has a .167 hitting average with no homers and no RBIs. Difo is hitless over his past six games.
Washington Nationals P: Jordann Zimmerrman. The 29 year old is 8-5 on the year with an ERA of 3.22 and WHIP of 1.25. He has allowed no earned runs in six of his past ten games. He did struggle in his last assignment prior to the All Star break on July 11th as he allowed two homers with four earned runs and nine hits as Zimmermann last just five innings. Zimmermann has pitched well at his home ball park with an ERA of 2.27 on the campaign.
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P: Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers)
RF: Bryce Harper (Nationals)
C: Yasmani Grandal (Dodgers)
CF: Joc Pederson (Dodgers)
2B: Howie Kendrick (Dodgers)