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San Diego vs. Washington Free MLB Pick & Handicapping Lines 8-25-2015

MLB Prediction: Padres vs. Nationals

Major League Baseball betting sees the San Diego Padres taking on the Washington Nationals on Tuesday August 25th at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all MLB season long so stay tuned for more FREE MLB baseball predictions.

San Diego Padres (61-63) vs. Washington Nationals (62-61)
Date: Tuesday August 25
Time: 7:05 PM
Venue: National Park – Washington, DC
MLB Betting Lines: Washington -159, San Diego +146
MLB Betting Total: 7
Probable Pitchers: Padres RH James Shields (9-5, 3.74 ERA) vs. Nationals RH Stephen Strasburg (7-6, 4.22 ERA)

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Both of these teams are in the race for the most disappointing squad in the NL. Either could get back into the race with a sweep of the other. If they could actually string together some wins.

For both of these teams it all starts with one game. They really can’t be looking further ahead than that or assume too much.

San Diego

The Padres just can’t seem to make up their mind this season. Despite their disappointing performance they are still only 6.5 games out of first place in the NL West after winning seven of their last nine.

They also have a winning record on the road this season.

The team is winning of late because they are finally getting the balance they expected all season. The offense has come alive scoring 5 or more runs in that recent stretch of success and the pitching has been good two with two shutouts.

This team actually took a series from the mighty Cardinals.

As they Padres start this important series they look to their supposed ace James Shields.

Shield may lead the team in wins but his ERA has not been this high since 2010.

He looked brilliant early on and seemed well suited to PetCo Park but he has settled into being above average even though they are paying him to be more like an ace.

He has drastic splits in his first go around the National League this season. On the road his ERA is nearly two runs higher than at home.

He has not won a decision away from PetCo since May.

Washington Nationals

The Nationals continue to disappoint as well, in fact they have to be the most disappointing team in the Majors in 2015.

Coming into this series they are just a game over .500 and it appears their best chances for playoff participation are to hope for the Mets to fade as they have fallen way behind in the Wild Card race.

The faults of this teams this season are many so you can’t point the finger in any one specific direction.

If you were looking to assign blame you could look in the direction of Stephen Strasburg though. The “Stras” is barely averaging 5IP per start and his ERA is more than a run above his previous career worst.

He can still miss bats but to say he is brittle is a bit of an understatement at this point. Kind of makes you wonder what they have been saving him for.

It seems like most pitchers only pitch well at home these days and Strasburg is definitely one of those. His ERA is 2 runs better at Nats Park.

MLB Betting Trends:

  • Over is 10-2 in SD last 12 road games.
  • Over is 8-2 in SD last 10 games following a loss.
  • Over is 19-7 in SD last 26 overall.
  • Over is 10-1-2 in WAS last 13 home games.
  • Over is 13-5-2 in WAS last 20 games as a favorite.
  • WAS are 4-14 in Strasburgs last 18 Tue. starts.
  • Over is 13-6-1 in the last 20 meetings.

4* MLB Betting Prediction: San Diego ML

Fading the Stras and the Nats has paid dividends and has good value again tonight.
MLB Baseball Score Prediction: San Diego 5 – Washington 4

This one is tough to call but I will take the better value when it looks like a tossup.
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