Nationals-Dodgers Trends, Stats: Stephen Strasburg Is a Rare Home Underdog

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Betting odds: Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Dodgers moneyline: -110
  • Nationals moneyline: +102
  • Over/Under: 8.5
  • First pitch: 1:35 p.m. ET

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The Los Angeles Dodgers, owners of the best record in baseball, will look to complete a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals on Sunday.

Walker Buehler will take the mound for the Dodgers while Stephen Strasburg gets the nod for the Nats. Interestingly, this could be just the fourth time in Strasburg’s 10-year MLB career he closes as a home underdog.

The last time Strasburg closed as a home ‘dog was all the way back on September 9th, 2015 against Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets. Here’s a couple of tidbits from that game:

  • The Mets lineup featured Curtis Granderson, Yoenis Cespedes, Daniel Murphy and David Wright.
  • Bryce Harper hit two home runs for the Nationals and Jonathan Papelbon made a relief appearance.

The Nationals are 73-49 (59.8%) at home when Strasburg starts, but he’s actually lost bettors money in this spot because he’s usually listed as a big favorite.

If you bet $100 on every one of Strasburg’s home starts, you’d be down $1,037 per BetLabs. Max Scherzer has actually cost bettors more money than Strasburg in this spot. If you put $100 on Scherzer in every home start since 2010 you’d be down $1,610.

History has not been kind to Strasburg when he starts at home with a short price. The Nationals are 2-7 on the moneyline when the 31-year-old starts with a line of less than -130 at home in Nationals Park.