Padres vs Nationals Betting Preview
WagerTalk handicapper Andy Lang gives his Padres vs Nationals weekend series predictions and betting advice. Andy runs through notable pitchers on both sides in each game, batter splits against starting pitchers, betting advice and more! Read his Padres vs Nationals preview below!
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Padres vs Nationals May 23 Betting Preview
Yu Darvish 2-3 3.56 ERA 1.13 WHIP vs MacKenzie Gore 3-3 3.69 ERA 1.45 WHIP
•Current Nationals bat .255 against Darvish in 55 plate appearances with three home runs.
•Current Padres have no history against Gore.
•Joey Meneses 2-7 HR
•Corey Dickenson 6-19 HR
•Dominic Smith 0-6
In his last appearance against Washington (2022), Darvish pitched 8.1 innings while allowing three runs on five hits while striking out six. The Nationals are currently hitting .246 (13th) vs right-handed pitching with a .307 on-base percentage (23rd) and a 81 wRC+ (27th).
Gore has yet to face his former team San Diego in his short career. The Padres are hitting .247 (18th) against left-handed pitching with a .316 on-base percentage (19th) and a 106 wRC+ (15th).
Padres vs Nationals May 24 Betting Preview
Ryan Weathers 1-2 3.42 ERA 1.14 WHIP vs Trevor Williams 1-2 4.26 ERA 1.26 WHIP
•Current Nationals have no history vs Weathers.
•Current Padres bat .271 against Williams in 71 plate appearances with four home runs.
•Juan Soto 2-14
•Matt Carpenter 8-28 3 HR
•Xander Bogaerts 1-1
In his last appearance against Washington (2021), Weathers pitched 5.1 innings while allowing four runs on seven hits with two strike outs. The Nationals are currently hitting .302 (3rd) against left-handed pitching with a .360 on-base percentage (4th) and a 120 wRC+ (7th).
Williams threw two scoreless innings while allowing one hit and striking out one in a relief appearance (2022) against San Diego. The Padres are hitting .209 (30th) vs right-handed pitching with a .310 on-base percentage (22nd) and 89 wRC+ (21st).
Padres vs Nationals May 25 Betting Preview
Blake Snell 1-6 5.40 ERA 1.56 WHIP vs Jake Irvin 1-2 5.50 ERA 1.61 WHIP
•Current Nationals bat .264 against Snell in 56 plate appearances with two home runs.
•Current Padres have no history vs Irvin.
•Joey Meneses 3-6
•Corey Dickerson 2-7 HR
•Dominic Smith 1-5
In his last appearance against Washington (2022), Snell pitched five innings while allowing three runs (2 earned) on six hits while striking out seven. Nationals vs LHP listed above.
Irvin has yet to face San Diego in his short career. Padres vs RHP listed above.
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Padres vs Nationals Expert Betting Advice
This will be the first of two series between these teams during the 2023 campaign, they will meet again in San Diego in late June. The Padres won the season series 4-3 in 2022, going 2-1 at home and 2-2 in Washington.
The Nationals will be wrapping up a six game homestand after winning two of three against the Detroit Tigers this weekend, while San Diego is kicking off a nine-game road trip.
Both teams are ice cold as San Diego has lost 11 of their last 13 games while Washington has lost 6 of their last 10 games. It’s amazing that these teams stack up so evenly thus far considering the difference in talent on paper.
The best pitcher in this entire series has to be Yu Darvish and the Padres bullpen is dynamite. Make a small play on the Padres money line for Game 1, but don’t push it with the run line as the Padres have struggled to produce runs.
We also avoid the Nationals great numbers against left-handed pitching, as they see southpaws in Games 2 & 3. Snell has been in brutal shape, walking too many batters and allowing too many home runs.
However, we also want to avoid that stellar Padres pen so take the Nationals in the first five of Game 3. I would also look Joey Meneses way on his over total bases in that game as he is 3-6 against Snell.
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