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Nationals face San Diego Padres: MLB odds preview and stats

Washington NationalsSan Diego Padres
May 17, 10:10 PM | GrassPETCO Park

Washington Nationals vs San Diego Padres Odds

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PETCO Park hosts an MLB battle between the San Diego Padres and the visiting Washington Nationals on Friday.

Gio Gonzalez, with a record of 3-2 on the season, gets the ball for the Nationals, while the Padres trot Burch Smith to the mound in this one. He is 0-0 so far in 2013.

View Washington vs San Diego Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
San Diego was a +130 moneyline underdogs earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at Sportsbook.ag settle on an opening over under number of 7.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Padres, most recently No. 15 in the National League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Nationals, who rate a National League No. 12 in the latest survey.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features San Diego's National League No. 11-ranked scoring average of 3.9 runs per game, against a Nationals offense rated No. 13 and scoring 3.5 runs per game in the league. The Padres have averaged 8 hits per game to date this season, more than the Nationals hitters have managed (7.5 per nine innings).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and San Diego has the National League's No. 12-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Nationals own the National League's No. 5 mark in runs allowed.

Last time out for Washington, they were a 6-2 winner as they battled the Padres on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Nationals at -147 were rewarded, while the 8 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Washington looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Padres, a 6-2 final on Thursday in support of Stephen Strasburg at PETCO Park.

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing San Diego are 6-4
After playing San Diego are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

San Diego Padres Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Washington are 3-7
After playing Washington are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

A few Nationals at Padres trends to consider:
Washington is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against San Diego
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing San Diego
Washington is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing San Diego
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Washington's last 15 games when playing on the road against San Diego
San Diego is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Diego's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Diego's last 5 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of San Diego's last 15 games when playing at home against Washington

Next up:
Washington at San Diego, Saturday, May 18