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2018 MLB Season
(19-17) Washington Nationals vs. San Diego Padres (13-23)
Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Time: 9:10 PM ET
Venue: PETCO Park, San Diego California
Projected Pitchers: Gio Gonzalez vs. Joey Lucchesi
MLB Moneyline Odds: Nationals -120 | Padres +110
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Nationals -1.5 (+135)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 7.5
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Gonzalez was able to pick up his fourth win of the season against the Philadelphia Phillies going five scoreless-innings giving up just two hits while he struck out five and walked two. The outing was interrupted by a rain delay, which is why it was a short outing for Gonzalez who threw 89 pitches.
The lefty veteran has picked up from where he left off last year posting a 9.78 K/9, a 3.72 BB/9, a 0.23 (one home run given up), while he has a sparkling 2.33 ERA and 2.56 FIP. Just superb, but my only knock against him is he only has two quality starts out of seven starts total, so it’d be nice to see him get deeper into games.
Washington has gotten themselves into a nice groove winning six of their seven contests in the last week. In that span their lineup has been hot slashing .243/.359/.495 while hitting 24 extra-base hits and 43 RBI.
San Diego Padres
Lucchesi was tagged with his third loss of the season at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers as he went five innings giving up three earned off of five hits while striking out five and walking three. He also gave up two home runs, while he has given up four in his last three starts.
The rookie has done well in the strikeouts (9.64 K/9) and walks (3.13 BB/9) department, but he could improve on keeping the ball in the park as he owns a 1.21 HR/9, which isn’t that terrible. His .277 BABIP and 78.4% LOB% is a tad lucky, but he has also had solid defensive play backing him up as he owns a 3.81 FIP compared to his 3.13 ERA.
San Diego has been playing mediocre baseball in the last week winning three of their six contests. In that span their lineup is slashing .224/.304/.388 to go along with 14 extra-base hits and 22 RBI.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- WAS are 8-1 in their last 9 games as a favorite.
- WAS are 8-1 in their last 9 overall.
- SD are 3-13 in their last 16 Wed. games.
- SD are 3-7 in their last 10 home games.
- Under is 5-1-2 in the last 8 meetings.
Free Washington Nationals vs. San Diego Padres MLB Prediction: San Diego edges out Washington at home
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Padres +110
I don’t like how Washington is small favorites with Gonzalez taking the mound. Maybe it has something to do with San Diego hitting better against lefties (.702 OPS) than righties (.659 OPS), while Washington hits better against righties (.766 OPS) than lefties (.684 OPS). Either way, I expect Lucchesi to hang with Gonzalez, while San Diego’s 5th ranked bull pen should be the difference in this one.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Padres 4 – Nationals 3
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