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San Diego Padres vs. Washington Nationals

July 23, 2024


The San Diego Padres will travel to Washington, District of Columbia to face the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park for a three-game series with Game 1 starting at 6:45 PM ET on Tuesday evening and will air on MAS2 and Padres TV.


San Diego Padres Team Preview


The San Diego Padres are coming off a 2-1 series win on the road against the Cleveland Guardians over the weekend and are on a two-game winning streak following Sunday's 2-1 win in Game 3 of their series, however, San Diego has struggled over their last ten games, compiling a record of 3-7 during that stretch.


The Padres are two games above .500 at 52-50 which puts them in a tie with the Arizona Diamondbacks for 2nd place in the NL West and eight games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for 1st place in the division while also putting them in a three-team tie for the final Wild Card spot in the National League with the New York Mets and Arizona.


San Diego scored the first two runs of the game against Cleveland on Sunday with both runs coming in the 2nd inning with Jackson Merrill and Ha-Segong Kim scoring off a double off the bat of Kyle Higashioka while Michael King also played a pivotal role in his 8th win of the season after pitching seven innings, allowing one run, and recording six strikeouts which was also his 4th start in a row allowing one run.


This will be the 2nd series this season between the two teams with San Diego having swept Washington 3-0 earlier this season and won by an average margin of two runs per game in the series. The San Diego Padres will look to extend their winning streak in the series to three games when they travel to face the Washington Nationals for Game 1.


Washington Nationals Team Preview


Despite being six games under .500 at 47-53 and in 4th place in the NL East, the Washington Nationals have been a competitive team this season and have a run differential of -31 on the year.


The Nationals entered the season with an over/under win total of 65.5 games and are only 19 wins from going over the win total while on a pace to win 76 games. Washington is on a three-game winning streak following a 3-0 series sweep at home against the Cincinnati Reds and has won five of their last six games while having won by an average margin of .83 runs per game in those matchups.


Jake Irvin ended his recent struggles after pitching seven innings, allowing two runs, and recording seven strikeouts, however, his start against the Reds resulted in a no-decision. The Nationals did not take a lead until the bottom of the 8th inning when they scored three runs which came thanks to James Wood's three-run home run that also scored Nasim Nunez and Ildemaro Vargas.


Washington has lost seven of the last ten in the series against San Diego and has been outscored by the Padres by an average of 4.7 to 6 runs per game in those contests. The Washington Nationals will look to extend their winning streak to four games when they host the San Diego Padres for Game 1 of the series on Tuesday evening.


Odds and Series Trends


JustBet has the Washington Nationals listed as -127 moneyline favorites at home against the San Diego Padres for Game 1 of the series on Tuesday evening. San Diego has won seven of the last ten by an average margin of 1.3 runs per game and three straight by an average of 2 runs per game.


Game Pick


Despite San Diego having been the dominant team in the series, Washington is one of the hottest teams in baseball as they have won five of their previous six matchups including three straight while the Padres have lost seven of their last ten games. As a result, I am taking the moneyline for the Washington Nationals when they host the San Diego Padres for Game 1 of the series on Tuesday evening.


Spooky Express Pick: Washington Nationals (-127)