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Washington Nationals vs. San Diego Padres - 7/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Diego Padres (41-55) at Washington Nationals (57-39)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)

E Jackson (1-1) (4.76) vs. M Scherzer (10-6) (2.94)

The Line: Washington Nationals -285 / San Diego Padres +255 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN, FSSD

Over at Nationals Park on Saturday, we’ve got another MLB matchup between the San Diego Padres and the Washington Nationals on tap. 

This will be game two of the set. In Friday’s opener, the Padres scored four times in the fifth inning on the way to a 5-3 victory. 

Washington Nationals vs. San Diego Padres - 7/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For Saturday’s game, the Padres will be rolling with new team-member Edwin Jackson. Over his nine appearances (one start) and 1-1 record, Jackson holds a 4.76 ERA with a 1.47 WHIP in 17 innings of work. In his Padres Debut on Sunday, Jackson went 6.1 innings with just one hit and two earned runs for a win over the Giants. 

Helping things out at the plate, we’ve got some interesting Padres hitters. Wil Myers holds 101 hits with 64 runs, 20 homers and 61 RBI. Matt Kemp is right behind on 99 hits with 50 runs, 22 homers and 67 RBI of his own. Kemp slapped a pair of homers on Friday. Melvin Upton has come on lately with 88 hits, 46 runs, 16 homers and 45 RBI total. 

Over on the Nationals’ side, we’ll be seeing Max Scherzer in the starting role. Over 20 games and a 10-6 record, Scherzer has managed a 2.94 ERA with a 0.96 WHIP in 134.2 innings. During his last start, Scherzer took a tough-luck no-decision against the Pirates with seven innings, six hits and just one earned. 

The Nationals have some interesting hitters at the plate in their own right. Daniel Murphy has been scorching hot with 123 hits, 56 runs, 19 homers and 70 RBI this year. Wilson Ramos has put up 98 hits with 41 runs, 13 homers and 50 RBI. Anthony Rendon has 87 hits with 56 runs and 36 RBI so far. 

The Padres are 4-1 in their last five Saturday games, and 3-8 in their last 11 game twos of a series. San Diego is also 0-7 in their last eight road games, and 0-4 in their last five overall. 

As for the Nationals, they’re 5-1 in their last six game twos of a series, and 3-7 in their last 10 Saturday games. Washington is also 5-1 in Scherzer’s last six Saturday starts, and 0-4 in Scherzer’s last four starts against the National League West. 

This one might be closer than people think, but I’ll have to go with the steady Scherzer and the home-team Nationals here.

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