Padres vs Nationals Prediction MLB Picks Today 6/26

Padres vs Nationals Prediction MLB Picks Today 6/26

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MLB Preview: Washington Nationals vs. San Diego Padres

On June 26, 2024, the Washington Nationals will face the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. This article provides a comprehensive analysis of the teams' recent performances, pitching matchups, and offensive leaders.


Game Overview:

  • Date: June 26, 2024
  • Time: 1:10 PM
  • Location: Petco Park, San Diego, CA
  • Weather: 68°F, Clear

Team Breakdown:

Washington Nationals:

The Washington Nationals enter this game with a 38-40 record, including a 21-21 record on the road. They are currently in third place in the National League East, looking to improve their standing.


DJ Herz will start for the Nationals. Herz has a 1-1 record with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP over 18.0 innings pitched. Although his sample size is small, his stats suggest he can be inconsistent on the mound.

Recent Performance:

The Nationals have won two of their last five games, showing a mix of performance.

Key Players:

  • Home Runs: CJ Abrams (12 HR)
  • Batting Average: CJ Abrams (.275 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Joey Meneses (40 RBI)

San Diego Padres:

The San Diego Padres have a 42-41 record, including a 22-22 record at home. They are currently in second place in the National League West, aiming to solidify their playoff chances.


Dylan Cease will start for the Padres. Cease has a 6-6 record with a 4.14 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP over 91.1 innings pitched. He is a reliable pitcher with a strong strikeout rate, evidenced by his 116 strikeouts this season.

Recent Performance:

The Padres have won four of their last five games, showing strong form as they head into this matchup.

Key Players:

  • Home Runs: Fernando Tatis Jr. (14 HR)
  • Batting Average: Jurickson Profar (.317 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Jurickson Profar (50 RBI)

The Padres have dealt with injuries to players such as Yu Darvish, Fernando Tatis Jr., Luis Campusano, Drew Carlton, and Joe Musgrove, but their depth has allowed them to remain competitive.

Game Odds:

Team Moneyline Total Run Line
WSH (38-40) +155 o7.5 (-120) +1.5 (-130)
SD (42-41) -185 u7.5 (EVEN) -1.5 (+110)


Considering the pitching matchups and recent performances of both teams, the pick for this game is the Padres moneyline. Here’s why:

  • Superior Starting Pitcher: Dylan Cease has been more consistent and effective this season compared to DJ Herz. Cease's lower ERA and higher strikeout rate make him a more reliable option on the mound.
  • Recent Form: The Padres have been in better form, winning four of their last five games. This momentum gives them an edge going into this matchup.
  • Home Advantage: Playing at Petco Park provides the Padres with a home-field advantage, where they have a balanced 22-22 record.
  • Offensive Depth: The Padres have key offensive players like Fernando Tatis Jr. and Jurickson Profar, who have been performing well and can provide the necessary runs to support their pitching.

Given these factors, betting on the Padres moneyline is a strong pick based on their pitching advantage, recent form, and home-field advantage.

Pick: Padres Moneyline

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