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2021 MLB Handicapping
(42-43) Washington Nationals vs. San Diego Padres (51-38)
Date: Thursday, July 8th, 2021
Time: 9:10 PM ET
Venue: Petco Park, San Diego, California
Projected Pitchers: Max Scherzer (WAS) vs Yu Darvish (SD)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Nationals +135 | Padres -145
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Padres -1.5 (-125)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U 7
The Washington Nationals head to California on Thursday 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.
Trea Turner returned from his 4 game absence in a big way as he hit a home run on the first pitch he saw and Josh Bell hit a go-ahead home run in the 8th inning as the Nationals beat the Padres 7-5 on Monday night.
Wil Myers hit a 3-run homer and had five RBI’s and Manny Machado celebrated his 29th birthday with 3 hits and 3 runs as the Padres won 7-4.
The Nationals jumped all over the Padres pitchers, including Padres starter Chris Paddack who gave up 8 ER in 2 innings, as Washington won in dominating fashion 15-5.
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 8th highest ERA in baseball over the last two weeks (5.25).
The Nationals will be represented by shortstop Trea Turner and outfielders Kyle Schwarber and Juan Soto in the upcoming All-Star game. It will be the first All-Star appearance for each player.
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 42-43 overall
- Nationals are 18-21 on the road
- Padres are 51-38 overall
- Padres are 31-17 at home
Free Washington Nationals vs. San Diego Padres MLB Prediction:
The series finale offers a tremendous pitching matchup as Max Scherzer is scheduled to go up against Yu Darvish.
Max Scherzer is 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA in his 5 career starts in San Diego. Yu Darvish is 5-2 with a 2.12 ERA in 11 starts this season at home.
As neither show a significant difference the x-factor will come down to both teams bullpen which leans in favor of the Padres. San Diego’s relievers have registered a 3.13 ERA in the last 2 weeks (7th in the majors), while the Nationals bullpen has recorded a 5.23 ERA in that span (21st).
Take San Diego to win and even the series.
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