Nationals vs. Padres - 8/27/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Diego Padres (61-64) at Washington Nationals (63-61)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
A Cashner (5-12) (4.15) vs. G Gonzalez (9-6) (3.99)
The Line: Washington Nationals -165 / San Diego Padres +155 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals play a rubber game Thursday night.
The San Diego Padres look for a win after winning six of their last eight games. The Padres have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight. The Padres have won eight straight when scoring more than three runs. Matt Kemp leads San Diego with 128 hits and 78 RBI while Justin Upton and Yangervis Solarte have combined for 120 RBI. The San Diego Padres have lost five of their last eight road games. Andrew Cashner gets the nod, and he’s 5-12 with a 4.03 ERA and 124 strikeouts this season. Cashner is 2-3 with a 3.90 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.
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The Washington Nationals look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Nationals have scored 22 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight. The Nationals have won five of their last six when scoring more than three runs. Bryce Harper leads Washington with 135 hits and 76 RBI while Yunel Escobar and Ian Desmond have combined for 88 RBI. The Washington Nationals have split their last 10 home games. Joe Ross takes the hill, and he’s 4-5 with a 3.56 ERA and 58 strikeouts this season. This is Ross’ first career game against the Padres.
The Padres are 7-19 in their last 26 during game 3 of a series and 5-0 in Cashners last 5 starts with 5 days of rest. The Nationals are 1-6 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series and 2-5 in Ross' last 7 starts. The Padres are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Washington.
If the Nationals are going to make a serious last second push for a playoff spot, it has to start now. Against an equally bad Padres squad, I like the Nats to find a way to win this series at home.