Washington Nationals (73-47 SU, 60-60 RL, 56-58-6 O/U) vs San Diego Padres (54-68 SU, 65-57 RL, 64-51-7 O/U)
When: 4.40 PM EDT, Sunday, August 20, 2017
Where: Petco Park in San Diego, California
Lines: Washington -106/ San Diego -104
The National League East meets the National League West this afternoon as the Washington Nationals duke it out with the San Diego Padres at Petco Park in San Diego, California in game four of their four-game series. Pitching Probables: The Nationals will be sending out Gio Gonzalez (11-5, 2.49 ERA) in this one and the Padres will counter with Dinelson Lamet (7-4, 4.78 ERA).
Matt Grace Gets First Career Start
The Washington Nationals may be without Max Scherzer for a little bit with a neck injury, so taking his spot on Friday night was Matt Grace, who had pitched in 60 games in his career, with all 60 coming out of the pen. Well, that has ended as he got the start in San Diego on Friday night and it was a decent outing for him as he allowed no runs and just two hits in 4.2 innings of work. He got a no-decision in the game, but still had a solid outing in the 7-1 Washington win. Joe Blanton got the win and is now 2-2 with a 6.82 ERA on the year. Howie Kendrick was brought in from Philly in a trade earlier and he went 2/2, with a homer (7th) and two RBIs in the win. He is now 10-for-24 (.417) with four homers and 11 RBIs in his last six games as a starter. The Nationals are now 38-22 on the road and have averaged 5.38 rpg and allowed 4.30 rpg in those games. Toeing the slab for the Nationals in this game will be Gio Gonzalez and he has gone 11-5 with a 2.49 ERA in 24 starts on the year, including 3-0 with a 0.43 ERA in his last three starts and 8-3 with a 3.15 ERA in 12 starts on the road. Gonzalez has gone 20-19 with a 3.88 ERA in 52 career starts in August and 36-25 with a 3.87 ERA in 91 games (90 starts) in the daytime, while against the Padres he has gone 2-2 with a 4.30 ERA in five starts, including 1-1 with a 3.50 ERA in three starts here at Petco Park.
Washington has been a very good offensive team this year so far as they come in ranked 2nd in the league in scoring, putting up 5.35 rpg, while also ranking 3rd in hitting at .273 and 6th in homers with 178. On the mound, they have been solid so far this year as they come in ranked 7th in the league in ERA at 3.95, while also ranking 5th in WHIP at 1.25.
Perdomo Falls In Opener Against Nats
The San Diego Padres came into this series off a three-game home sweep of the Phillies, but they are finding the going much tougher against the 2nd best team in the National League. The Padres scored 18 runs in the three games against the Phillies, but against a much better Washington staff, they have been good for just two total runs in the first two games. Their offense has been an issue all season, but so has their pitching and Luis Perdomo has been a part of that, In the 7-1 loss on Friday night, he allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits and three walks in six innings of work to fall to 6-8 with a 4.93 ERA on the year. Just another starter that isn’t the answer for this team and they will really have to address their pitching in the offseason. San Diego is now 32-29 at home and have averaged 3.77 rpg and have allowed 4.52 rpg in those games. Taking the hill for San Diego will be Dinelson Lamet and he has gone 7-4 with a 4.78 ERA in 14 starts in this his first year in the league, including 2-0 with a 2.04 ERA in his last three starts and 4-1 with a 3.75 ERA in six starts here at home, plus he has gone 1-1 with a 5.56 ERA in four day starts. He will be facing the Nationals for the first time. Dinelson was 3-2 with a 3.23 ERA in eight starts at El Paso (AAA) this year.
The Padres have not been a good offensive team so far as they come in ranked 30th in the league in scoring, putting up 3.83 rpg, while also ranking 30th in hitting at .235 and 16th in homers with 151. On the mound, they have been poor so far as they come in ranked 22nd in the league in ERA at 4.68, while also ranking 14th in WHIP at 1.36.
- The Under is 16-3-3 in their last 22 vs. National League West
- The Under is 7-1 in Gonzalez’s last eight starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance
San Diego is:
- The Under is 7-2-1 in their last 10 home games
The Padres have played well at home this year and they just had a three game home sweep of the Phillies. Well, that came to an end as they have lost the first two games of this series and have scored just two total runs in those games. Dinelson Lamet has really pitched well of late as he has a 2.37 ERA over his last five starts and and a 3.75 ERA here at home. Gio Gonzalez has quietly put together a solid season and he has been very hot of late as he has a 0.43 ERA in his last three starts and he has a 1.83 ERA in seven day starts on the year. He also has a 3.15 ERA on the road and the Padres have averaged just 3.77 rpg at home and just 3.70 in their last 10 games overall. The Nats have put up just 4.10 rpg in their last 10 games and those games have averaged just 6.40 rpg. I look for this one to go Under the total.