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Nationals vs Padres Baseball Game Preview

Washington NationalsSan Diego Padres
May 18, 8:40 PM | GrassPETCO Park

Washington Nationals vs San Diego Padres Odds

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MLB wagering interest swings to the San Diego vs Washington battle on Saturday at PETCO Park as the Padres try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

The match puts starter Jordan Zimmermann for the Nationals on the hill facing Eric Stults for the Padres. Zimmermann brings a 7-1 mark to the game, while Stults is 3-3 to date on the season.

View Washington vs San Diego Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Padres as +159 moneyline underdogs in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 7 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
The Padres - Nationals odds would favor the Nationals if the lines were set according to our power ranks. San Diego is rated No. 15 in the current National League Odds Shark poll, while Washington is at No. 12 in the National League.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up San Diego's No. 11 ranked National League offense (3.9 runs per game) against a Nationals defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 5 in the National League at 3.7 runs allowed per game. The Padres have been averaging 8 hits per game, more than the Nationals have managed so far this season (7.5 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and San Diego has the National League's No. 11-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Nationals own the National League's No. 5 mark in runs allowed.

The Nationals were a 6-5 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Padres. That made winners of bettors who got Washington at -132 on the moneyline, while the total score (11) was good news for OVER bettors. The Nationals beat San Diego in extra innings, earning a 6-5 victory at PETCO Park in MLB wagering action.

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing San Diego are 7-3
After playing San Diego are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

San Diego Padres Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Washington are 3-7
After playing Washington are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

A few Nationals at Padres trends to consider:
Washington is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against San Diego
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games when playing San Diego
Washington is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing San Diego
Washington is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Diego's last 6 games when playing Washington
San Diego is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Diego's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of San Diego's last 16 games when playing at home against Washington

Next up:
Washington at San Diego, Sunday, May 19