Padres vs. Nationals Monday Prediction

San Diego Padres vs. Washington Nationals, 5/21/2018 Prediction & Odds

Two teams currently on opposite streaks will meet in D.C. when the Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres open a new series on Monday night. Will the Nationals snap their three-game losing streak or will the Padres win their fourth consecutive contest?

Game Snapshot & Odds

951 San Diego Padres (+157) at 952 Washington Nationals (-180); 7.5 runs

Monday, May 21, 2018

7:05 p.m. ET, Nationals Park

TV: SD (FSSD); WSH (MASN)

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Public Betting Trends

Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Nationals as a -180 favorite. As of this writing, 70% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Nationals to beat the Padres on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.

Padres' Erlin to start on Monday vs. Nationals

Robbie Erlin will start for the Padres on Monday versus the Nationals. He's taking the rotation spot of Joey Lucceshi (hip) and could net additional starts if he pitches well. Erlin has posted a 3.60 ERA and 24/4 K/BB ratio over 25 innings this season across 12 relief appearances and one start. Jordan Lyles will move up a day to start Sunday in Pittsburgh.

Nationals' Gonzalez labors through five innings against Yankees

Gio Gonzalez needed 111 pitches to get through five innings but was charged with just three runs – two earned – in Tuesday’s suspended game versus the Yankees. Gonzalez got himself into trouble often but did manage to wiggle out of much of it, as he has a knack to do. Escaping a jam with runners on second and third and no one out in the second inning was, in particular, a Houdini act. The southpaw whiffed five on the night, walking four and giving up six hits. Gonzalez holds a 2.36 ERA, but trouble could be around the corner with that 1.41 WHIP. He gets the Padres at home next.

MLB Betting Trends

San Diego

The Padres are 2-5 in their last seven games against the Nationals.

Washington

The under is 7-1-2 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams and is 5-1-1 in the last seven meetings between these two teams in Washington.

Prediction:

The Padres are winless in Erlin's last four starts, are winless in his last four road outings, and are 1-4 in his last five road starts when he faces a team with a winning record. The Nationals are once again in a funk, losing three in a row over the weekend to the struggling Dodgers but this is a prime bounce back opportunity. Gonzalez can neutralize the few pesky lefties in San Diego's lineup and if he can keep the walks in check then the Nationals should bank for bettors. That said, let's take the Nationals on the runline with their money line price too expensive.

The Pick: Washington Nationals -1.5

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