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2021 MLB Handicapping
(53-40) San Diego Padres vs. Washington Nationals (42-47)
Date: Friday, July 16th, 2021
Time: 7:05 PM ET
Venue: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
Projected Pitchers: Paddack (SD) vs. Fedde (WAS)
MLB Moneyline Odds: SD -140 | WAS +120
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: SD (-1.5) +110 | WAS (+1.5) -130
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 9.5
San Diego Padres
San Diego won just four of its first eleven games this month before the break that included a four-game split at home against the Nationals.
“The Sheriff” Chris Paddack started one of the losses and he didn’t last long, allowing nine hits and nine runs (eight earned) in exactly two innings pitched.
It was the first time Paddack faced many of the Nationals, including Juan Soto, who got him for a three-run home run in the first inning. Paddack intentionally walked him the next time through.
Since his dominant rookie season, Paddack has continued to slide. He hasn’t been as bad all season as he was in that recent start against Washington but his ERA is in the 5s after creeping up into the 4s in 2020.
The Pads begin the unofficial second half six games back of San Francisco and four behind Los Angeles in the NL West but with the fourth-best record in the National League, overall.
They will also begin play without Yu Darvish and Blake Snell, who were both placed on the 10-day Injured List just before the break. Neither injury appears to be too serious, however.
In the meantime, Paddack becomes even more important to San Diego’s hopes this season.
The Nationals were eight games under .500 at the end of May. A month later, they were two games over.
Unfortunately for them, the only two wins they have thus far in July came during that four-game split in San Diego. A 2–9 month has taken the wind out of Washington’s sails and again put it on the teetering point of buyer and seller with the Trade Deadline looming.
A handful of contenders across the league will be watching the National closely because the remainder of the month will go a long way in determining whether or not Washington is willing to trade Max Scherzer.
The three-time Cy Young Award winner has not missed a beat this season, in which he will turn 37 later this month. He is 7–4 with a 140 ERA+ and made his eighth All-Star team in the last nine seasons after missing out in 2020.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Padres are 1-8 in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a losing record.
- Nationals are 8-0 in their last 8 home games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Nationals are 10-2 in their last 12 home games with the total set at 9.0-10.5.
- Over is 5-0 in Padres last 5 vs. National League East.
- Head to Head: Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
Free San Diego Padres vs. Washington Nationals MLB Prediction: runs, runs, runs.
The Nationals have crushed Paddack once already this month. They may not crush him again but they are a safe bet to do some damage in the first five innings and then do some more in an extended opportunity against San Diego’s bullpen.
Washington’s starter Erick Fedde is about as pedestrian as they come. He gave up eight hits and six runs before having to be lifted with one out in the fifth when he faced the Padres back on July 6.
There’s potential for either team to go off and an unlikely chance that either starter really dazzles. Double-digits looks attainable.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Over 9.5
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