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Washington Nationals vs. San Diego Padres - 4/26/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Diego Padres at Washington Nationals
Date & Time Friday April 26, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Nationals Park
Washington, DC
The Line
Washington Nationals -168 / San Diego Padres +158 -- O/U: 7.5
TV Channel
FS-San Diego, MASN
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The San Diego Padres and the Washington Nationals meet in game one of a three game set in MLB action from Nationals Park on Friday night.

The San Diego Padres will look to keep their momentum going after building a three game win streak, including a two game sweep of Seattle with a 1-0 win on Wednesday. Ian Kinsler’s solo home run in the 2nd inning proved to be the difference as Fernando Tatis Jr. doubled and Manny Machado and Greg Garcia each had a base hit as San Diego put up just four hits as a team in the winning effort. Chris Paddack threw seven shutout innings, allowing just one hit while striking out nine. Kirby Yates closed out the 9th for his 12th save of the season. Matt Strahm is 0-2 with a 3.05 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. This will be Strahm’s first career start against San Diego.

The Washington Nationals will look to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last five games, including a 9-5 loss in their series finale against Colorado last time out. Juan Soto and Matt Adams each had two RBIs with Adams going 3 for 5 with a double while Soto hit a home run. Jake Noll added a double and an RBI to round out Washington’s scoring in the loss while Victor Robles went 2 for 5 and Michael A. Taylor added a double of his own. Wilmer Difo, Adam Eaton, Brian Dozier and starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez each contributed a base hit as well in the defeat. Sanchez took the loss on the mound, allowing six runs on nine hits while walking five and striking out three over five innings of work to fall to 0-3 on the year. Max Scherzer will start game one and is 1-3 with a 4.45 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. In his career, Scherzer is 3-2 with a 2.34 ERA and 85 strikeouts against San Diego.

San Diego is 1-5 in Strahm’s last 6 starts and 4-1 in their last 5 road games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Washington is 1-4 in Scherzer’s last 5 starts and 3-13 in their last 16 series opening matchups while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 games against the NL West. San Diego is 2-5 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

The plus money is worth a look considering that Scherzer has looked shaky and that he is coming off of one of the worst starts of his career where he gave up seven runs, six earned, in 5.1 innings against Miami of all teams. However, while San Diego has been playing better lately, and Strahm has pitched very well early on, you just get the feeling that Scherzer is too good to continue having issues like this for much longer. I think this is a game that Washington and Scherzer need more than the Padres do and it’s not often that you get Scherzer below -200 so while I’d personally leave this game alone, I think Washington comes out on top in game one.

Pick:
Washington -168

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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