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Padres vs. Nationals - 6/18/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals (43-25) at San Diego Padres (27-42)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 10:10 pm (PETCO Park)

M Scherzer (8-4) (3.40) vs. Colin Rea (3-3) (5.37)

The Line: San Diego Padres +187 / Washington Nationals -202 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN/FSSD

The Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres clash late Saturday night at Petco Park.

The Washington Nationals look to keep rolling after winning seven of their last eight games. The Nationals have scored 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Washington Nationals offense has been on fire lately, and they’ve won 14 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Daniel Murphy leads Washington with 90 hits, Wilson Ramos has 38 RBI and Jayson Werth has 10 home runs. Max Scherzer gets the nod, and he’s 8-4 with a 3.40 ERA and 118 strikeouts this season. Scherzer is 2-2 with a 2.75 ERA and 52 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.

Padres vs. Nationals - 6/18/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The San Diego Padres could use a nice win after losing six of their last seven games. The Padres have allowed 18 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last eight games. The San Diego Padres have an ERA of 4.53 and have lost five straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jon Jay leads San Diego with 79 hits, Wil Myers has 41 RBI and Matt Kemp has 15 home runs. Colin Rea takes the hill, and he’s 3-3 with a 5.37 ERA and 48 strikeouts this season. This will be Rea’s first career game against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 4-1 in Scherzers last 5 starts. The Padres are 14-39 in their last 53 during game 3 of a series and 1-4 in Reas last 5 starts. The Nationals are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in San Diego.

The Padres continue to stink up the joint, as the offense isn't producing consistently and the pitching staff gets rocked most nights. The Nats are starting to play like the team we expected to see earlier this season and that should continue with Scherzer on the hill. Give me the Nats and the runline to avoid the hefty ML price. 

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Washington Nationals -1.5

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