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San Diego Padres vs. Washington Nationals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/8/14

Washington Nationals (31-28) at San Diego Padres (27-34)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 4:10 pm (PETCO Park)

Jordan Zimmermann (R) (4-2) (3.591) vs. Eric Stults (L) (2-6) (5.026)

The Line: San Diego Padres -105 / Washington Nationals -105 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds


The Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres will play a rubber matchup on Sunday afternoon.

Despite a loss on Saturday in 11 innings, the Nationals have won six of their last eight games. During this stretch, the Nationals pitching staff has been on point, allowing three or less goals in nine of their last 12 games. The Nationals are 25-8 this season when allowing three or less runs. The Nationals are also hitting the ball well, including Ian Desmond who has scored a run in each of his last four games. Jordan Zimmerman gets the nod, and he’s 4-2 with a 3.59 ERA and has 54 strikeouts in 67.2 innings. Zimmerman is 1-2 with a 2.35 ERA in six career starts against the Padres.

San Diego Padres vs. Washington Nationals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/8/14


The Padres continue to play inconsistent ball, splitting their last eight games. Of course, much of the Padres struggles come from an offense that is dead last in runs scored. The Padres have been held to three or less runs in five of their last six games. Seth Smith has scored five runs in his last nine games. The one thing that keeps the Padres in games is their pitching staff that has an ERA of 3.40. Eric Stults takes the mound, and he’s 2-6 with a 5.03 ERA and has 32 strikeouts in 62.2 innings. Stults is 1-0 with a 2.03 ERA in two career starts against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 6-2 in Zimmermann's last 8 road starts and 38-13 in Zimmermann's last 51 starts as a favorite. The Padres are 5-1 in Stults' last 6 home starts and 9-3 in Stults' last 12 home starts vs. a team with a winning record. The Nationals are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in San Diego.

In a toss-up game between two teams that are up-and-down, I'll take the home team for the cheap price. 

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