Nationals vs. Padres Tuesday Prediction
Will the Washington Nationals win their third consecutive game on Tuesday night when they take on the San Diego Padres at 10:10 p.m. ET? Jeremy Hellickson will take on Clayton Richard in the second game of this series.
Game Snapshot & Odds
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
10:10 p.m. ET, Petco Park
TV: WSH (MSN2); SD (FSSD)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Nationals as a -118 favorite. As of this writing, 74% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Nationals to beat the Padres on the money line. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Nationals’ Hellickson pitches 5 2/3 scoreless innings in last start
Jeremy Hellickson blanked the Pirates for 5 2/3 innings in the Nationals' 3-1 victory Thursday. Unfortunately, Hellickson didn't get the win; he was pulled in the sixth after just 61 pitches and the Nationals didn't score their runs until the bottom of the inning. Hellickson has a 3.00 ERA in four starts for the Nationals. Mixed leagues might want to consider him as a streaming option for his starts in San Diego and Arizona next week.
Padres’ Richard struggles again in loss to Giants
Clayton Richard picked up his fourth loss of the season on Wednesday to the Giants while allowing seven runs in four innings. One of the runs was unearned, and Richard did strike out six in the four innings. End of positives. The left-hander gave up eight hits and four walks, and his ERA has now ballooned to 6.21. It's been a horrific first fifth of the season for Richard, and he'll try to turn things around on Tuesday against the Nationals.
MLB Betting Trends
The Nationals are 4-1 in their last five games in San Diego and are 4-1 in their last five games versus the Padres.
The Padres are winless at 0-6 in Richard’s last six starts versus the Nationals. The under is also 4-0 in Richard’s last four starts against the Nationals, is 5-1-2 in the last eight meetings between these two teams and is 3-1-1 in the last five meetings in San Diego.
I like the over. The Nationals have Anthony Rendon back in their lineup and are facing a left-handed pitcher. Rendon, Ryan Zimmermann and Howie Kendrick fare well against lefties and Richard is getting hit hard. On the other side, the Padres will face a low-strikeout pitcher in Jeremy Hellickson. The over is 5-2 in the Nationals’ last seven games overall and has cashed in nine of the Padres’ last 12 home games.
MLB Prediction: Nationals/Padres over 8