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San Diego Padres vs. Washington Nationals Betting Information

Last year the Padres were a feel-good story as an unexpected playoff team.  San Diego took full advantage of a pandemic shortened schedule to gain the playoffs for the first time in over a decade.  While fans and gamblers were impressed, they were also skeptical.  Specifically, the Padres had to prove they could beat the MLB betting odds over the long 162-game marathon.  San Diego is in the thick of the National League playoff race.  By contrast, the Washington Nationals are stuck in the muck.  Washington continues to prove they were a 2019 accidental World Series champion.

San Diego Padres vs. Washington Nationals Betting Information

Date: Sunday, July 18, 2021
Time: 1:05 p.m. ET
Location: Nationals Park, Washington, DC
TV Coverage: TBS

San Diego Padres at Washington Nationals CashBet Wagering Analysis

On this occasion, we have two teams going in opposite directions. San Diego has arrived and is not going away.  The Padres are showing good value with the Sportsbook odds. Indeed, their success in 2020 was no fluke.  Gamblers have noticed this and are beginning to trust the Padres fully.  San Diego shows the balance of a complete team.  Yet, the public is not betting the value out of the Padres.  Sharps love teams such as the Padres that combine quality and value.

Padres Proving Point Over the Long Haul

Late on, San Diego has dropped three of their last five games.  Five of their previous eight went over the total. San Diego is 53-40 straight up, 48-45 vs. the run line, and 49-43-1 over the total.  On the road, San Diego is 20-21 straight up, 23-18 vs. the run line, and 23-17-1 over the total.  Overall, MLB metrics show the Padres rank 12th for run production but 3rd for earned run average.  San Diego ranks first in MLB for bullpen ERA.

Joe Musgrave is the scheduled San Diego Starter.  So far, Musgrave is 5-7 with a 2.93 earned run average.  Closer Mark Melancon has 27 saves in 31 attempts.  Namely, superstar shortstop Fernando Tatis is the straw the stirs the drink.  Tatis is hitting .286 with 28 home runs and 60 runs batted in.  To show, Tatis has emerged as one of the ultimate Betting on baseball assets.

Nationals Continue Slide from Glory

Washington is slumping badly as the second half of the season begins.  To illustrate, the Nationals lost eight of their previous ten games.  Five of their last seven games went over the total.  As a result, Washington is 42-47 straight up, 39-50 vs. the run line, and 31-55-3 under the total.  At home, the Nats are 24-22 straight up, 20-26 vs. the run line, and 13-33 under the total.  MLB metrics show the Nats 19th for run production and 15th for earned run average.

Max Scherzer is the probable Nationals starter.  Thus far, he is 7-4 with a 2.66 earned run average.  From the bullpen, Brad Hand has 19 saves in 21 attempts.  And then Trea Turner adds 17 home runs and 42 runs batted in.

Washington made quite a run in 2019 with the MLB betting lines to win the World Series.  But it required a second half of the season rally that few teams ever made.  Now it is seen as a fluke.  Over the long haul, the Nats lack sustainability.

San Diego Padres at Washington Nationals Against the Spread

San Diego is 7-5 in their last 12 games with Washington.  While the Padres and Nationals are 7-2-1 over the total.  The Padres are 3-1 in their most recent four games at Washington. And then this series is 3-1 over the baseball betting total at Nationals Park.

San Diego Padres at Washington Nationals CashBet Free Pick  

In this situation, the Padres will get a good MLB gambling price as the road team.  Wise Guys love taking a quality team on the road.

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