Washington Nationals vs San Diego Padres Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 12 (8/12): MLB

Washington Nationals vs San Diego Padres Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 12 (8/12): MLB

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Time 7:05 p.m. EST
Nationals money line +190
Nationals run line +1.5 (+115)
Padres money line -230
Padres run line -1.5 (-135)
Over / under 9


Key stats

  Washington Nationals San Diego Padres
Record 37-76 63-51
Home / road record 17-40 30-27
Last 10 record 2-8 5-5
Streak L1 W1
Over / under record 56-50-7 53-57-3
Runs / game 3.80 4.43
Runs allowed / game 5.57 4.08



The Washington Nationals will host the San Diego Padres to play a 3-game series at the Nationals Park. The Padres won their last series against the Giants while the Nationals lost 2 of 3 times vs Cubs. This is the first time these teams meet this season.

Washington Nationals

The Nationals get here with a 37-76 record and have lost 7 of their last 8 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:

Cory Abbott (0-1, 5.68 ERA) will be on the mound for the Nationals in the 1st game of the series. Abbott allowed seven runs on seven hits and five walks over 3.2 innings Sunday, striking out two and taking a loss against the Phillies. He has given up 3 runs on 4 hits with a strikeout in 1.1 innings against the Padres in his career.

San Diego Padres

The Padres get here with a 63-51 record and have lost 5 of their last 7 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:  Mike Clevinger (3-4, 3.60 ERA)

Clevinger will be on the mound in the 1st game of the series for the Padres. Clevinger (3-4) took the loss during Saturday's 8-3 defeat at the hands of the Dodgers, allowing five runs on seven hits and one walk with three strikeouts in 4.2 innings.. He has allowed 6 runs on 7 hits with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts in 5.2 innings against the Nationals in his career. 


San Diego Padres are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games on the road.

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

The total has gone OVER in 7 of Washington's last 7 games against San Diego.

Washington Nationals are 3-14 SU in their last 17 games at home.


The Padres finally bounced back and get 2 wins in a row to win their last series vs Giants after 5 straight losses. For this game they'll send Clevinger to the mound who was pounded in his last start with 5 runs vs Dodgers and allowed 6 runs the last time he faced the Nationals. Cory Abbott will start for the Nationals who's coming from an awful start against the Phillies where he allowed 7 runs in only 3.2 innings. Now that the Padres offense woke up I think they'll get to this game with more confidence and Clevinger should bounce back and have a better performance against one of the worst offenses in the league. Take the Padres.

PICK: Padres -1.5 (-135)

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