Nationals vs. Dodgers prediction and odds for Tuesday, May 30 (Back Dodgers again)

Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts.
Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts. / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers picked a 6-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Monday night, and now they’re looking to make it two straight in another favorable matchup.

The Nationals have rookie Jake Irving (1-2, 5.32 ERA) on the mound in this game for his sixth Major League start. Irvin has only gotten past the fifth inning one time so far this season.

He takes on Dodgers righty Tony Gonsolin (2-1, 1.82 ERA). Gonsolin received a no decision in his last outing, but the Dodgers lost 4-3 to the Atlanta Braves in that game.

Let’s dive into the odds and my best bet for Tuesday's matchup:

Nationals vs. Dodgers odds, run line and total

Nationals vs. Dodgers prediction and pick

The Dodgers have absolutely crushed right-handed pitching this season, ranking second in MLB in OPS against them.

That’s going to be an issue for the Nationals and Irvin, as the righty has allowed 14 runs over his last three outings (11.1 innings of work). Washington’s bullpen isn’t much better this season, ranking in the bottom half of MLB with a 4.45 ERA.

I’m not completely sold on Gonsolin yet this season, as he has a Fielding Independent Pitching of  4.70, but he’s yet to allow more than three runs in any of his starts. 

The Nationals are just 24th in MLB in OPS against right-handed pitching, so this matchup lines up well for the Dodgers in that aspect as well. 

Simply put, I don’t trust Irvin to hold down L.A. after a few rough outings in a row. 

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