Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg had his scoreless innings streak end in unfortunate fashion in the top of the second inning on Sunday night against the Dodgers. Strasburg still set the Nationals franchise record for consecutive scoreless innings. The Nationals came back in the bottom of the sixth, taking a 3-1 lead on Ryan Zimmerman‘s three-run home run off of Ross Stripling.
Coming out of the first series of 2017 between Washington and Los Angeles back in June, which saw the Nationals take two of three on the road in LA’s Dodger Stadium, Dodgers’ skipper Dave Roberts said he was impressed with both teams in the three-game set. “Very evenly matched, very evenly matched,” Roberts, who led the Dodger to an NLDS win over the Nats in 2016, said. “Well managed team, well coached team. They’ve got a nice blend of veterans, young players, they can beat you with speed, power, they can pitch, but we can do some things too, so for us to salvage the series, we’ll get them again later and I don’t think this will be the last that we see of these guys.” Roberts, presumably, was
The Cleveland Indians emerged from their 22-game winning streak as the favorites to win the World Series. With two weeks left in the regular season, the Indians are World Series favorites at 9-4 at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas. The Los Angeles Dodgers are 5-2, followed by the Houston Astros (5-1), Washington Nationals (7-1) and Chicago Cubs (8-1). Three weeks ago, the Indians were considered second-tier contenders. When their winning streak began on Aug. 24 with a 13-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox, their World Series odds were 7-1, behind the Dodgers and Astros. By the time the streak ended Friday with a 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals, they were consensus World Series favorites