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Nationals vs. Padres - 8/25/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Diego Padres (61-63) at Washington Nationals (62-61)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)

J Shields (9-5) (3.74) vs. S Strasburg (7-6) (4.22)

The Line: Washington Nationals -145 / San Diego Padres +135 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSD/MASN

The San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals begin a three-game series Tuesday night.

The San Diego Padres look to keep rolling after winning six of their last eight games. The Padres have scored 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine. The Padres have won seven straight when scoring more than three runs. Matt Kemp leads San Diego with 127 hits and 76 RBI while Justin Upton and Yangervis Solarte have combined for 116 RBI. The San Diego Padres have lost five of their last eight road games. James Shields gets the nod, and he’s 9-5 with a 3.74 ERA and 174 strikeouts this season. Shields is 0-0 with a 5.11 ERA and eight strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

Nationals vs. Padres - 8/25/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Nationals look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Nationals have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine. The Nationals have won four straight when scoring more than three runs. Bryce Harper leads Washington with 132 hits and 74 RBI while Yunel Escobar and Ian Desmond have combined for 86 RBI. The Washington Nationals have split their last 10 home games. Stephen Strasburg takes the hill, and he’s 7-6 with a 4.22 ERA and 88 strikeouts this season. Strasburg is 4-1 with a 3.60 ERA and 36 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.

The Padres are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 1 of a series and 1-5 in Shields' last 6 starts. The Nationals are 40-19 in their last 59 games following an off day and 5-1 in Strasburgs last 6 starts. The Padres are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Washington and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings overall. 

The Nationals better get going if they have any shot to get back in the playoff hunt. It has to start during this home series, especially with Strasburg on the hill. Give me the home team for the cheap chalk. 

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Washington Nationals -145

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