Padres Getting Stronger While Nationals Slump
The San Diego Padres made some big moves at the trade deadline, including the addition of Juan Soto to their roster in a trade with the Washington Nationals. At first, the adjustment process was difficult as they endured a tough, five-game losing streak.
However, they’ve won back-to-back games against the San Francisco Giants, scoring 20 runs in the process. Now they get a Nationals team that’s been bad all year and is now seriously struggling in the second half after trading away Soto.
The Nats have dropped 11 out of their last 14 games and they’re obviously a huge dog on the MLB betting odds. Can they make some noise here or will the Padres roll as expected?
Padres Rolling With Clevinger
San Diego is finally starting to look like it is putting it together – at least a small bit. The Padres won two straight while scoring 20 runs in the process. A rejuvenated Soto is batting .360 over the last week while Manny Machado is at .310.
To keep this momentum flowing, they are starting Mike Clevinger on the mound here. Clevinger is 3-4 behind a respectable 3.60 ERA.
This has been his first year back in action since 2020 after a serious injury kept him out of commission. He’s looked incredibly solid for them despite the rust at the beginning of the season.
It’s worth noting that he’s coming off his worst start, giving up five earned runs in 4.2 innings of work. However, that was against the league-best Los Angeles Dodgers. If you bet online, this is probably a good bounce-back spot for him.
Nationals Turn to Abbott for Answers
The Nationals are starting to flame out down the stretch but they are hoping that Cory Abbott can turn it around. Abbott hasn’t gotten much quality time on the mound, as he’s pitched a total of 12.2 innings on his way to an 0-1 record.
He’s a reliever that’s now getting a look as a starter and it hasn’t been good. He’s coming off an outing where he gave up four home runs in a 13-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.
There isn’t that much of a sample size on Abbott, who has pitched in five games total and Washington has lost three of them. This looks like a bad spot for him and the Nationals.
Padres vs Nationals Head-to-Head
This is the first meeting of the season.
Padres vs Nationals Game Information
- Game: Padres (63-51) vs Nationals (37-76)
- Location: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
- Day/Time: Friday, Aug. 12, 7:05 p.m. ET
- Padres vs Nationals Live Stream: MLB.tv
Padres vs Nationals Betting Lines
|Team||Run Line||Moneyline||Total||Team Total|
|San Diego Padres
M. Clevinger -R
|-245||9 Evo||5½ -115o
C. Abbott -R
|+1½ +135||+205||9 -120u||3½ Evo
Padres vs Nationals Prediction
Looking at how each of these teams have performed lately, the Padres look like the sturdier option for your MLB picks. San Diego lit up the Giants in back-to-back games and if they start to get hot like this, they will be tough to stop.
Clevinger has also proven to be a solid rotational pitcher since returning from his injury. Plus, it’s hard to tell what Abbott is going to do considering the limited number of innings that he’s pitched. San Diego is the better option in the sportsbook.
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The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.