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2021 MLB Handicapping
(40-42) Washington Nationals vs. San Diego Padres (50-36)
Date: Monday, July 5th, 2021
Time: 10:10 PM ET
Venue: Petco Park, San Diego, CA
Projected Pitchers: Jon Lester (WAS) vs Joe Musgrove (SD)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Nationals +185 | Padres -215
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Padres -1.5 (-195)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U 8
The Washington Nationals head to California on Monday night to open a 4-game series against the San Diego Padres. There are playoff implications on the line as both teams are fighting for the wild-card spot in the National League.
The Nationals meet the Padres for the first time since 2019 when they split a 4-game set at Petco Park in San Diego.
The Washington Nationals are on a 4-game losing streaks following a 5-1 defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday afternoon. They got swept by the reigning champions, as the Nats’ pitching staff struggled mightily and surrendered 26 runs through the 4 games.
Kyle Schwarber has slugged 16 homers in his last 18 outings, but he remains out with a recent hamstring injury. Its a huge loss for the Nationals, who have recorded a .846 OPS in their last 14 games (2nd in the majors in that stretch).
Unfortunately, their pitching has held them back as they’ve registered the 7th highest ERA in baseball over the last two weeks (5.25).
San Diego Padres
The Padres snapped a 3 game losing streak and avoided a sweep after dominating the Phillies 11-1 Sunday in Citizens Bank Park. Despite having the 4th best record in the National League, San Diego is sitting in the last wild card spot as they are 3rd in their division behind the Giants and Dodgers.
San Diego has been a dominant force at home as of late, going 9-1 in their previous 10 showings at Petco Park. The Padres have recorded a .826 OPS over the last two weeks (3rd in the majors) while batting .260.
On top of the teams great offense, it’s actually the pitching paving the way. San Diego is allowing just 3.65 runs per contest (2nd in the majors). The Padres own the third-lowest ERA in baseball (3.27), while their bullpen sports a 2.87 ERA (1st) and a 3.81 FIP (8th).
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Nationals are 40-42 overall
- Nationals are 16-20 on the road
- Padres are 50-36 overall
- Padres are 30-15 at home
Free Washington Nationals vs. San Diego Padres MLB Prediction:
San Diego is swinging a hot bat at the moment, and Lester will have a mountain to climb when he faces off against Fernando Tatis, Manny Machado, and the rest of the Padres’ powerful lineup.
With Schwarber and Turner out of the lineup, the Nationals don’t have the firepower to compete with the Padres pitching.
Take San Diego to win easily in the series opener.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Padres -2.5
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