Washington Nationals vs Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Pick – July 26

The MLB is set up with another great slate of baseball throughout July 26. Fifteen games are up on the board throughout Tuesday. One of these games will be between the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers. These two teams are on opposite sides of the standings, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will throw the first pitch at around 10:10 PM Eastern time on MLB Network.

Washington has posted a record of 33-65 so far on the season, which has them in last place of the NL East. The Nationals have won two games in a row, but have gone 3-7 throughout their last 10 games. Washington is far out of a playoff spot, but will look to step up in this one. The Nationals will look to remain hot on the road.

The Dodgers have put up a record of 64-31 throughout the season, which has them in first place of the NL West. Los Angeles is coming off a loss in their last game, but are 8-2 in their last 10 matchups. The Dodgers have an eleven and a half game lead on the second place San Diego Padres. Los Angeles will look to extend that lead with a win on Tuesday night.

These two teams are on opposite sides of the standings, but will look to grab the win in this one. The Nationals have struggled to remain consistent on the season, but will look to build on this short winning streak. Los Angeles will look to bounce back after losing Monday’s tilt. If either team can come out fast, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Washington Nationals +1 ½ (+110) +210 Over 8 ½ (-125)
Los Angeles Dodgers -1 ½ (-130) -260 Under 8 ½ (+105)
Team Data Washington Nationals Los Angeles Dodgers
Overall Record 33-65 64-31
Away/ Home Record 18-29 34-14
Batting Average .246 .256
Batting Average Away/ Home .254 .251
ERA 5.12 2.97
ERA Away/ Home 5.68 3.08

Betting Trends

Washington Nationals

  • 4-16 in July
  • 5-9 when playing on Tuesday
  • 18-41 in night games
  • 22-42 against right handers
  • 11-20 after a win
  • 15-38 against team with a winning record

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • 17-3 in July games
  • 9-6 when playing on a Tuesday
  • 46-21 in night games
  • 43-20 against right handed starters
  • 18-12 after a loss
  • 39-18 against team with a losing record

These two teams have met up four times throughout this season. The first three games were in Washington between May 23-25. The Dodgers took the first two games on the road, but Washington was able to avoid the sweep. The Nationals were able to earn the win in the first game of this set. Los Angeles has outscored Washington 20-10 in those four games.


The Nationals have been solid hitting the ball this season. Washington has a .246 batting average, which is 13th in the MLB. The Nationals have earned an on base percentage of .316, which is also 13th in the league. Washington has put up a .688 OPS, which is 25th in the MLB. The Nationals have a BA of .246 against righties this season.

Los Angeles has been great with the bats in their hands this season. The Dodgers have a batting average of .256, which is 4th in the league. Los Angeles has posted a .334 OBP, which is 1st in the MLB. The Dodgers have earned an OPS of .774, which is 2nd in the league. Los Angeles has hit .258 against right handers.

The Dodgers have been the better team hitting the ball this season and will look to step up in this one. Los Angeles was held to eight hits and one run in Monday’s tilt. Washington earned eight hits and four runs. The Dodgers will look to get more runs early in this one. If either team can get their bats going quickly, it could be enough for the win.

Pitching Preview

I expect Josiah Gray to get the start on the mound for Washington in this one. Gray has started in 17 games this season, going 7-6 in those matchups. He has posted a 4.40 ERA and a WHIP of 1.27 in those outings. Gray’s last start was against the Seattle Mariners. He gave up six hits and five runs through five innings in the loss.

Mitch White will likely get the nod at pitcher for the Dodgers on Tuesday night. White has earned a record of 1-2 throughout his 14 appearances this season. He has put up an ERA of 3.78 and a 1.22 WHIP in his starts. White pitched five innings in his last start against the San Francisco Giants. He gave up one hit in the no decision.

These two pitchers have been solid throughout this season. Gray has lost two of his last three starts entering this one, while White has lost his last two decisions. Los Angeles has the edge in the bullpen. The Dodgers relievers have a 3.30 ERA, which is 6th in the league.  The Nationals bullpen has combined for an ERA of 4.35, which is 25th in the MLB.

Pick Overview

The Nationals are coming off a big upset against Los Angeles on Monday night, but the Dodgers will look to bounce back in this one. Los Angeles has the better offense and pitching entering this one and will look to dominate. If the Dodgers can come out fast on Tuesday night, I think they can run away with this one.

Bovada has Los Angeles listed as a -260 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Dodgers will win this game around 72.2 percent of the time. I think that this line is accurate, but has little value. Los Angeles is also listed at -1 ½ for -130. I expect the Dodgers to dominate this game and cover the spread.

The Bet
Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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