San Diego Padres vs Washington Nationals Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 18 (8/18): MLB

San Diego Padres vs Washington Nationals Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 18 (8/18): MLB

Credit: photo by  Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 9:40 p.m. EST
Nationals money line +285
Nationals run line +1.5 (+145)
Padres money line -370
Padres run line -1.5 (-170)
Over / under 7.5

 

Key stats

  Washington Nationals San Diego Padres
Record 39-80 66-54
Road / home record 20-36 33-24
Last 10 record 3-7 5-5
Streak W1 L1
Over / under record 59-53-7 55-60-4
Runs / game 3.80 4.43
Runs allowed / game 5.57 4.08

 

Preview

The Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres will meet again to play a 4-game series at the Petco Park. The Nationals lost their last series against the Cubs and the Padres lost 2 of 3 times vs Marlins. These teams just met a week ago in Washington where the Padres won the series 2-1.

Washington Nationals

The Nationals get here with a 39-80 record and have lost 7 of their last 10 games. The team is averaging 3.80 runs per game. They're batting for .248 AVG, 429 runs scored in 933 hits and 92 home runs, ranking #27 in offense in the league, behind the Miami Marlins. Luke Voit has a batting average of .235, 14 home runs and 50 RBI. 

Defensively they are allowing 5.57 runs per game and ranking #30, the worst in the league. Josiah Gray leads the team with a 4.81 ERA, 127 strikeouts and 7 wins recorded for the Nationals.

Probable Pitcher:

Anibal Sanchez (0-5, 7.20 ERA) will be on the mound for the Nationals in the 1st game of the series. Sanchez allowed three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out four batters over five innings in a no-decision against San Diego on Saturday. He has a record of 1-2 with an ERA of 2.61 and 32 strikeouts in 7 appearances against the Padres in his career.

San Diego Padres

The Padres get here with a 66-54 record and have lost 3 of their last 5 games. The team is averaging 4.43 runs per game and they're batting for .242 AVG, have 505 runs scored in 928 hits and 101 home runs, ranking #15 in offense in the league behind the Houston Astros. Manny Machado is leading the team with 20 home runs and 65 RBI and a batting average of .294.

Defensively they are allowing 4.08 runs per game and rank #10 in the league. Joe Musgrove leads the pitching staff with a 2.91 ERA, 124 strikeouts and 8 wins recorded for the Padres.

Probable Pitcher:  Yu Darvish (10-6, 3.40 ERA)

Darvish will be on the mound in the 1st game of the series for the Padres. Darvish took the loss against Washington on Saturday, pitching six-plus innings and allowing four runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out nine batters. He has a 1-1 record with an ERA of 5.29 and 23 strikeouts in 3 appearances against the Nationals in his career.

BETTING TRENDS

Washington are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games on the road.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing on the road against San Diego.

The total has gone OVER in 8 of San Diego's last 10 games against Washington.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Diego's last 5 games at home.

Prediction

The Nationals lost their 6th straight series in a row after losing vs Cubs and another tough one is expecting them in San Diego where Yu Darvish will be starting for the Padres who struggled against them the last time allowing 4 runs in 6 innings but he has been solid at home this season. Anibal Sanchez will take the mound for the Nats who has struggled so far but the Nationals beat the Padres with him on the mound although he allowed 3 runs in 5 innings. I expect things to turn around this time as the Padres batters are hot after scoring 10 runs in their last game vs Marlins. Padres win and cover the run line.

PICK: Padres -1.5 (-170)

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