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San Diego Padres vs. Washington Nationals - 5/9/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals (20-17) at San Diego Padres (13-24)
Date & Time Wednesday May 9, 2018, 9:10 PM (EDT)
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The Line: San Diego Padres +110 / Washington Nationals -120 --- Over/Under: 7.5
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MLB | Washington Nationals (20-17) at San Diego Padres (13-24)
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The Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres meet Wednesday in MLB action at Petco Park.

The Washington Nationals look to keep the ball rolling after winning nine of their last 10 games. The Nationals have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 12 games. The Washington Nationals have won nine 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 66 hits and 39 RBI. Gio Gonzalez gets the ball, and he is 4-2 with a 2.33 ERA and 42 strikeouts this season. Gonzalez is 3-2 with a 3.50 ERA and 33 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.

The San Diego Padres could use a victory here after losing nine of their last 13 games. The Padres have allowed 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The San Diego Padres have lost nine of their last 10 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. Joey Lucchesi gets the ball, and he is 3-2 with a 3.13 ERA and 40 strikeouts this season. This will be Lucchesi’s first career game against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 3 of a series, 11-5 in Gonzalezs last 16 road starts and 23-6 in Gonzalezs last 29 Wednesday starts. The Padres are 3-7 in their last 10 home games, 3-13 in their last 16 Wednesday games and 1-7 in their last 8 vs. National League East. The Nationals are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in San Diego, 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 5-1-2 in the last 8 meetings.

The Washington Nationals have all of a sudden become one of the hottest teams in baseball and are still laying cheap prices against one of the bottom feeders. I don't understand this price, kind of how I didn't get last nights. Gonzalez has been consistent this season, which includes winning a ton of games on the road and allowing just eight hits and one run in his last 12 innings. Lucchesi has been good in his own right, but he's not getting the same run support that the Nats are providing these days, and his record has hurt because of it. You have to like Washington at this cheap price.

Washington Nationals -120

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