San Diego Padres vs. Washington Nationals Betting Preview

The Washington Nationals are set to host the San Diego Padres at Nationals Park. The game gets underway 7:05 p.m. ET and Mid-Atlantic Sports Network is in line to televise this NL matchup.

San Diego Padres at Washington Nationals Odds

Washington (-180) is hosting this game as the favorite over San Diego (+170) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this game at 8.5 runs (+100 for the under and -120 for the over). Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the most recent runline odds standing at -130 for the Padres +1.5 runs and +110 for the Nationals -1.5.

The Nationals are 25-21 SU and 22-23 ATS. They’ve lost 5.0 units for moneyline bettors and 0.2 units against the spread (ATS). The Padres have gone 20-29 SU this year and are 24-24 ATS. Overall, the teams lost 2.4 units for moneyline gamblers in the seasons early going and 7.0 units ATS.

Nationals games have had an over/under record of 20-23-2 thus far in 2018. San Diego has an over/under record of 22-24-2.

Eric Lauer will get the nod for San Diego. Lauer is 1-2 with an 8.14 ERA and 18 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Nationals this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Nationals are sending righty Jeremy Hellickson (1-0, 2.20 ERA) to the mound. Hellickson has 26 strikeouts and five walks to his credit, as well as a WHIP of 0.86. Hellickson is 1-0 with eight strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA against San Diego this year.

As a unit, Washington’s pitching staff has given up 3.7 runs per game overall this season. Its starters have a 2.94 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.68 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 9.7 K/9.

Washington’s offense has put up 4.5 runs per contest, including 3.5 per game over its last 10 games and 4.6 per game over its last five. The team has hit .228/.283/.449 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that span.

The Nationals offense has been led by Bryce Harper, who is hitting .231/.392/.532 with 14 home runs, 33 RBIs and 32 runs scored.

In the other dugout, San Diego’s pitchers have allowed 4.7 runs per game and its starters own a 5.00 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and 8.22 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.20, along with a K-per-9 of 9.46.

The Padres offense has slashed .227/.297/.364 on its way to 3.8 runs scored per game this year, including 4.3 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.6 per game over the teams last five contests (3-2 SU).

San Diego’s hitters have been spearheaded by Eric Hosmer, who is hitting .267/.364/.477 with six home runs, 20 RBIs and 24 runs scored.

The Nationals are coming off a 10-2 win in the prior game of this series.

San Diego Padres vs. Washington Nationals Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Nationals, ATS Winner – Padres, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The under has cashed in four of Washington’s last seven games.
  • The Padres have hit seven home runs in their last 10 games, including four over their last five.
  • Washington has recorded 19.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 19.8 over its last five.