San Diego Trying To Salvage Series Split
The San Diego Padres go for a second straight win against the visiting Washington Nationals as the teams wrap up a four-game weekend series on Sunday.
San Diego snapped a two-game losing streak with a win on Saturday, increasing its lead for the final Wild-Card spot in the National League to two games over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Washington had its two-game winning streak snapped and is in last place in the NL East with the worst record in the National League. This is the seventh game in 10 days between these clubs, so before you decide on your bet online on the series finale, check out our in-depth preview of the game.
Nationals Unable To Rally in Third Straight Game
The Washington Nationals had come up with the winning runs in the ninth inning in the first two games of this series, but there were no such heroics in Saturday’s contest, as the offense managed one run on seven hits. Washington scored a lone run in the second inning but was quieted the rest of the way by the San Diego Padres pitching staff.
Outfielder Lane Thomas accounted for the only run with a solo home run as he went 2-for-4 at the plate.
Outfielder Joey Meneses was 2-for-4 in Saturday’s contest, upping his batting average to .323 in 16 games this season. The 30-year-old rookie has made the most of his chance in the majors, hitting a double and five home runs, driving in seven runs and scoring 10 times.
Left-hander Patrick Corbin will get the start, bringing a 4-16 record and 6.96 ERA to the mound. Corbin has 105 strikeouts in 116⅓ innings over 24 starts. Over his last five starts, he has allowed at least four earned runs in each game, surrendering five home runs.
Padres’ New Stars Come Up Big In Win
The San Diego Padres need to put together wins, and on Saturday, it was the two acquisitions from the biggest deal of the trade deadline leading the way to victory. Juan Soto and Josh Bell each had a solo home run against their former team to power the Padres.
“It felt really good. I put in a lot of work. Hopefully the next 50 at-bats are better than the first 50,” Bell said of his first home run with the Padres in Saturday’s win. “It is fun playing against those guys (Nationals) over there. It’s a lot more fun now that I have gotten a hit against them. It got to the point where I felt myself pressing.”
Bell had been on a 1-for-33 slump coming into the game but tied the game with his home run in the fifth inning.
Soto’s home run ended up being the game-winner, as he had his second homer with the Padres.
San Diego will turn to Sean Manaea, who is 6-6 with a 4.83 ERA in 22 starts, striking out 128 in 123 innings. He’s looking for his first win this month after going 0-1 with a 9.69 ERA in three starts in August. He went four innings in his last outing against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, allowing three runs on four hits, including two home runs, while striking out six and walking one.
Nationals vs Padres Head-To-Head
The season series is tied at three wins apiece heading into the final matchup of the season between the Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres. San Diego won the season series in 2021 by going 2-1 in Washington and 2-2 at home, which is what this season’s results would end up if the Padres win on Sunday.
The Nationals haven’t won a four-game series in San Diego since the 2017 campaign, when they went 3-1 at Petco Park. A glance at the MLB lines for the last game of the series shows the host Padres as heavy favorites to get another victory.
Nationals vs Padres Game Information
- Game: Washington Nationals (41-81) at San Diego Padres (67-56)
- Location: Petco Park
- Day/Time: Sunday, 4:10 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: MLB TV
Nationals vs Padres Betting Lines
|+240||7½ -110o||2½ -110u|
|Padres||7½ -110u||4½ +115u|
Nationals vs Padres Prediction
The San Diego Padres finally got some big hits from their new acquisitions on Saturday night, and they should get some more on Sunday with Corbin on the mound for the Washington Nationals. This could be a high-scoring affair, but the Padres should have the majority of the runs by the game’s end.
When doing your MLB betting, take San Diego to pick up the win at home.