Will The Padres’ Offense Continue To Rock?
The San Diego Padres offense is getting on a fiery streak over their last three games. They have scored 30 runs off 41 hits in those last three games.
With their offense finally getting the spark it needs, they look ready to continue posting big-run games. Josh Bell and Juan Soto have been driving the ball. Will their presence impact the MLB spreads and MLB lines in the Padres vs. Nationals game?
Padres Look Toward Soto And Darvish
The San Diego Padres have two key players for this game that can help the team win against the Washington Nationals. Those players are Soto and Yu Darvish.
Soto has done great work getting on base since coming to San Diego during the trade deadline. He is hitting .353 with them. He will have to remain hot at the plate now that San Diego knows it will be without Fernando Tatis Jr. for the rest of the season due to his PED suspension.
With Soto being the reliable bat, the team needs a reliable starting pitcher to hold off the Nationals. Here’s where Darvish comes into play. His 10-5 record and 3.28 ERA shows why he’s one of the best pitchers in the Padres’ starting rotation.
However, he will need to give the team at least seven innings, as the bullpen looked shaky in their Friday night win over the Nationals.
Nationals Are the Worst Home Team in Baseball
After Friday night’s loss to the San Diego Padres, the Washington Nationals would drop to 17-41 at home. That gives them the worst home record and ties them with the least amount of home wins with the Oakland Athletics.
Two fielding errors would lead to four unearned runs in Friday’s game, something that made an enormous difference. While the Nationals attempted a rally in the ninth inning, the eight-run deficit was too much to overcome.
Getting into positions like this, with errors leading to big run innings for opponents, have cost the Nationals. Without Bell and Soto, the Nationals have far fewer offensive weapons.
With Anibal Sanchez (0-5 7.56 ERA) getting the start, the Nationals need their offense to deliver.
Padres vs Nationals Head-to-Head
This marks the second game of the season series between the teams.
Padres vs Nationals Game Information
- Game: Padres (64-51) vs Nationals (37-77)
- Location: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
- Day/Time: Saturday, August 13th, 7:05 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: MLB.TV
Padres vs Nationals Betting Lines
|-300||8½ -120o||5½ -110u|
|Nationals||+240||8½ Evu||2½ +120u|
Padres vs Nationals Prediction
The Las Vegas odds have the San Diego Padres as 1½ run favorites at -175. With the Washington Nationals being a 37-77 team, it’s easy to see why the odds are so one-sided.
Darvish, along with the Padres’ additions from the trade deadline, gives Vegas a significant reason to make them favorites. They can easily help the Padres cover the spread, which is why the odds aren’t great on them on the run line.
If you are betting online and making MLB picks and parlays, take the Padres on the run line and parlay it with another MLB game for better odds.