Washington Nationals vs San Diego Padres Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 14 (8/14): MLB

Washington Nationals vs San Diego Padres Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 14 (8/14): MLB

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Odds

Time 12:05 p.m. EST
Nationals money line +205
Nationals run line +1.5 (+135)
Padres money line -250
Padres run line -1.5 (-160)
Over / under 9

 

Key stats

  Washington Nationals San Diego Padres
Record 38-77 64-52
Home / road record 18-41 31-28
Last 10 record 2-8 4-6
Streak W1 L1
Over / under record 57-51-7 54-58-3
Runs / game 3.80 4.43
Runs allowed / game 5.57 4.08

 

Preview

The Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres will play the 3rd game of the series at the Nationals Park on Sunday. The Nationals took the win 4-3 on Saturday's game to tie the series. 

Washington Nationals

The Nationals get here with a 38-77 record and have lost 8 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:

Paolo Espino (0-4, 4.04 ERA) will be on the mound for the Nationals in the 3rd game of the series. Espino allowed a run on six hits and a hit batsman while striking out five in five innings of a 6-5 win Tuesday against the Cubs. He did not factor into the decision. He has allowed 3 runs on 4 hits with 1 walk and 2 strikeouts in 2.1 innings versus the Padres in his career.

San Diego Padres

The Padres get here with a 64-52 record and have won 3 of their last 4 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:  Blake Snell (4-6, 3.96 ERA)

Snell will be on the mound in the 3rd game of the series for the Padres. Snell allowed one run on six hits and two walks over 5.2 innings Monday, striking out eight and taking a loss against the Giants. He has a record of 1-0 with an ERA of 3.27 and 13 strikeouts in 2 appearances against the Nationals in his career.

BETTING TRENDS

San Diego Padres are 2-6 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.

Prediction

The Nationals upset the Padres in the second game of the series but they'll now have to face Blake Snell who has been solid lately allowing 1 run or less in each of his last 4 starts. Paolo Espino will take the mound for the Nats who has struggled as a starter and hasn't recorded a win yet. The Padres are the better team overall and have the better pitcher on the mound. In the last game they missed many opportunities to score more runs so I think they'll bounce back and win this game by multiple runs. Take the Padres.

PICK: Padres -1.5 (-160)

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