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San Diego Padres vs. Washington Nationals - 5/8/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals (19-17) at San Diego Padres (13-23)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 10:10 pm (PETCO Park)

J Hellickson (0-0) (3.00) vs. C Richard (1-4) (6.21)

The Line: San Diego Padres +118 / Washington Nationals -128 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: MAS2, FSSD

The Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres meet Tuesday in MLB action at Petco Park.

The Washington Nationals look to stay hot after winning eight of their last nine games. The Nationals have scored 14 runs in their last three games and three or more runs in 10 of their last 11 games. The Washington Nationals have won eight straight games when scoring more than one run. Trea Turner leads the Nationals with 39 hits and 13 RBI while Howie Kendrick and Bryce Harper have combined for 64 hits and 39 RBI. Jeremy Hellickson gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. Hellickson is 2-4 with a 6.70 ERA and 41 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.

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San Diego Padres vs. Washington Nationals - 5/8/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Padres could use a victory here after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Padres have allowed 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 12 games. The San Diego Padres have lost 13 of their last 15 games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Jose Pirela leads the Padres with 38 hits and 12 RBI while Eric Hosmer and Freddy Galvis have combined for 65 hits and 23 RBI. Clayton Richard gets the ball, and he is 1-4 with a 6.21 ERA and 32 strikeouts this season. Richard is 1-4 with a 3.67 ERA and 32 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 17-7 in their last 24 Tuesday games, 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series. The Padres are 1-6 in their last 7 vs. National League East, 4-11 in Richards last 15 starts with 5 days of rest and 2-6 in Richards last 8 starts. The Nationals are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in San Diego, 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and the Padres are 0-6 in Richards last 6 starts vs. Nationals.

The Washington Nationals are finally starting to play to their potential, as they've won eight of their last nine games and the offense has heated up. Richard has zero career success against the Nationals, and he's allowed three or more earned runs in each of his last six starts while giving up a .298 batting average on the season. Hellickson has allowed just eight hits and two runs in his last 11 innings and is fresh off his best start of the season, holding the Pittsburgh Pirates to 5.2 scoreless innings. I have to side with the Nats and this cheap price.

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