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San Diego Padres vs. Washington Nationals - 6/8/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington Nationals at San Diego Padres
Date & Time Saturday June 8, 2019, 10:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Petco Park
San Diego, California
The Line
The Line: Washington Nationals -167 / San Diego Padres +145 -- Over/Under: 7.5
TV Channel
MASN, FSSD
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The Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres meet Saturday in MLB action at Petco Park.

The Washington Nationals look for a win after winning nine of their last 13 games. The Nationals have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Washington Nationals have won eight of their last 10 games when scoring four or more runs. Adam Eaton leads the Nationals with 62 hits and 15 RBI while Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto have combined for 114 hits and 78 RBI. Max Scherzer gets the ball, and he is 3-5 with a 3.06 ERA and 117 strikeouts this season. Scherzer is 3-2 with a 2.37 ERA and 95 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.

The San Diego Padres look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Padres have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The San Diego Padres have won eight of their last 10 games when scoring four or more runs. Eric Hosmer leads the Padres with 68 hits and 36 RBI while Manny Machado and Franmil Reyes have combined for 104 hits and 65 RBI. Eric Lauer gets the ball, and he is 5-4 with a 4.18 ERA and 52 strikeouts this season. Lauer is 0-0 with a 2.31 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 5-0 in their last 5 Saturday games, 14-6 in Scherzer's last 20 Saturday starts and 2-8 in Scherzer's last 10 starts. The Padres are 6-16 in their last 22 Saturday games, 0-4 in their last 4 during game 3 of a series and 4-0 in Lauer's last 4 starts. The Nationals are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings and the over is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Lauer's last 5 home starts. The over is 6-1-1 in Scherzer's last 8 road starts.

Scherzer has been solid as expected this season and always gives the Nats a chance to win. The problem is the Washington Nationals have an offensive issue and have won just two of Scherzer's last 10 starts. Scherzer had a 2.37 ERA in the month of May but ended up winning just one of six starts. Lauer has allowed just three runs in his last 18.1 innings and has a 2.50 ERA in 39.2 innings at home this season. While I make a habit of backing ace quality pitchers and cheap prices, the Padres and the plus money feels like where the value is at in this contest. 

Pick:
San Diego Padres +145

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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