Washington Nationals At San Diego Padres [Aug 18] - MLB Picks And Predictions

Manny Machado
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Ernesto Cova

The ever-struggling Washington Nationals will hit the road for a re-match series vs. the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

They're fresh off dropping back-to-back games to the Chicago Cubs, while the Padres split a 3-3 road trip before heading back home for the next six games. That's far from what you'd expect from a team with that kind of star power.

So, who'll prevail tonight? Keep scrolling and find out!

The Nats Are Done

Victor Robles
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The Nationals are in a tough spot right now, and it'll only get worse before it gets any better. Losing Juan Soto was a deathly blow for a team that won the World Series just a couple of years ago.

They'll be drifting for quite a while now, even despite landing multiple elite prospects from the Padres in that trade.

Will The New-Look Padres Make A Splash?

Jake Cronenworth
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Fernando Tatis Jr.'s suspension was a massive blow for the Padres' World Series aspirations. Manny Machado's play has lifted their offense throughout the season, but they still expected to have their 'Big 3' back in time for the postseason.

Juan Soto and Josh Bell hit the ground running with the new team, but whether they'll be able to lead them over the hump in the same division as the Dodgers remains to be seen.

Key Injuries, Stats, And Trends

Fernando Tatis Jr
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The Washington Nationals are banged up ahead of this game, especially in their pitching corps. When it comes to position players, they'll be without SS Carter Kiemboom and Luis Garcia. On the other hand, the San Diego Padres will only be without Fernando Tatis Jr. (suspension).

Talking about trends, it's worth noting that the Padres are 7-0 in their last seven home games vs. a right-handed starter, 7-2 in their last nine home games, and 13-5 in their last 18 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.

Also, the Over is 6-0 in Nationals' last six after scoring two runs or less in their previous game.

Picks For Nationals At Padres

Manny Machado
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The Nationals are arguably the worst team in baseball, while the Padres are trying to rise to the top. Simply put, they don't have the firepower to keep up with their offense.

Yu Darvish (10-6, 3.40) will take the mound for the home team, and he's 6-3 over his last 12 starts with a minuscule 2.93 ERA. On the flip side, the Nationals will give the ball to Anibal Sanchez, who's been a disaster this season with a 0-5 record and 7.20 ERA.

The Padres should have no problem getting to him early and putting up runs in bunches, so feel free to ride the -1.5 run line on this one.