Dodgers vs. Nationals Tuesday MLB injury report, odds: Mookie Betts, majors' runs scored leader, expected to rest

Former AL MVP Mookie Betts is not expected in the Dodgers' lineup tonight at Washington.
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Former American League MVP Mookie Betts is given odds of +370 to hit a home run tonight for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Washington Nationals at Caesars Sportsbook, but bettors may want to skip that prop because Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has said Betts will get a rest day and not play – although pinch-hitting is always a possibility if the game is up for grabs. The Dodgers are still -220 road favorites behind Cy Young contender Walker Buehler. (See tickets at StubHub)

In Monday's 10-1 win over the Nationals, Betts was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs. That was his 12th straight start and Betts is 17-for-49 in that span with five home runs, 13 RBIs and 16 runs scored. After a slow start, he's up to a .280 average, 10 homers, 26 RBIs and an MLB-best (by far) 42 runs scored. Betts is priced -140 to score a run tonight and has scored at least one in 11 straight games. At least you know that latter statistic for Wednesday's game when Betts will be back in there. 

Betts has missed two games this season and LA is 1-1 in them: a 5-2 home win over the Reds on April 16 and a 5-3 loss in Pittsburgh on May 11. Trea Turner hit leadoff in that May 11 game for Betts and likely will tonight.

This is Turner's first series back in D.C. since being traded last summer along with Max Scherzer in exchange for Josiah Gray, Keibert Ruíz, Gerardo Carrillo and Donavon Casey. Turner was 1-for-4 with three RBIs on Monday and has a 15-game hitting streak (second-longest active in the majors). His Over/Under hit total tonight is 1.5, with the Under a -254 favorite.

Buehler, who is +1200 to win the NL Cy Young, is 5-1 with a 2.89 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 46.2 innings over eight starts. Those are fine numbers but perhaps not quite what was expected yet. Buehler is 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA and 19 strikeouts in four career games (three starts) against Washington.

Gray (4-3, 4.36) is on the mound for the Nationals – his first start against his former franchise. The right-hander is 1-3 with a 6.43 ERA in four home starts. 

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