San Diego Padres at Washington Nationals - 8/14/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

San Diego Padres at Washington Nationals - 8/14/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals (38-77) vs San Diego Padres (64-52)

Game Info: Sunday, August 14, 2022 at 12:05 pm (Nationals Park)

Paolo Espino (0-4) (4.04) vs Blake Snell (4-6) (3.96)

Betting Odds: Washington Nationals +220 / San Diego Padres -275 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The San Diego Padres will play the Washington Nationals in Game 3 of their series at Nationals Park on Sunday afternoon.

The San Diego Padres are 64-52 this season and have won three of their last four games. San Diego won Game 1 of this series by a score of 10-5 on Friday night. The San Diego pitching staff has a 3.81 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP, and a .235 opponent batting average this season. The Padres offense has scored 518 runs with a .243 batting average and a .319 on base percentage. Manny Machado is batting .298 with 21 home runs and 68 RBI’s for the Padres this season. The projected starter for San Diego is Blake Snell, who is 4-6 with a 3.96 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP over 72.2 innings pitched this season.

The Washington Nationals are 38-77 this season and have lost eight of their last ten games. Washington won Game 2 of this series by a score of 4-3 on Saturday. The Washington pitching staff has a 5.29 ERA, a 1.48 WHIP, and a .272 opponent batting average. The Nationals offense has scored 438 runs with a .248 batting average and a .315 on base percentage this year. Nelson Cruz is batting .236 with eight home runs and 53 RBI’s for the Nationals this season. The projected starter for Washington is Paolo Espino, who is 0-4 with a 4.04 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP over 75.2 innings pitched this season.

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San Diego is 3-8 in their last 11 game three’s of a series and 1-4 in their last 5 Sunday games. The under is 3-1-1 in San Diego’s last 5 game three’s of a series. Washington is 13-38 in their last 51 game three’s of a series and 15-39 in their last 54 games. The over is 6-2-2 in Washington’s last 10 games. The over is 8-1 in these two teams last 9 head to head meetings.

San Diego stumbled on Saturday and lost a game that they should not have lost. They jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and had Darvish on the mound, but were not able to hold the lead. On Sunday, San Diego will start Blake Snell, who has allowed one or fewer runs in each of his last four starts. For the Nationals, Paolo Espino has allowed nine runs over his last 8.2 innings pitched. I expect a big bounce back from the Padres here and I am taking them to win this game by at least three runs.

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David’s Pick Padres -2.5

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