We’re going to examine Tuesday’s game between the Padres and Nationals. Go inside to read our revealing betting preview article on this contest, culminating with a selection on the total.
Padres visit the Nation’s Capital on Tuesday
The Padres and Nationals open a three game series in Washington on Tuesday at 7:05 PM ET. These National League clubs met in San Diego earlier this year with Washington going 3-1, and three of the four went over the total.
James Shields will get the start for San Diego in this series opener. Despite posting a solid 3.00 ERA during his previous seven starts, the Padres were just 2-5. During those five losses, San Diego was only able to score a combined 9 runs. According to current MLB betting odds board at 5Dimes, the total in this game is 7.0. The veteran right-hander has gone 14-5 over the total in 2015 with a number of 7.0 or less. As a matter of fact, Shields is 18-7-1 over the total this season during his twenty-six starts.
Stephen Strasburg has resembled the dominant pitcher he was in the early stages of his career during recent starts. The Nationals hurler has compiled an excellent 1.26 ERA, 0.70 WHIP, and struck out 43 in 35 2/3 innings during his previous six starts. That’s a great sign for the Nationals since Strasburg was less than imposing to begin his 2015 campaign. Case in point, even with his recent hot red-hot pitching, Strasburg still has an average at best 4.22 ERA and 1.30 WHIP during sixteen starts this season.
MLB Totals Betting Angle
- San Diego has a poor.298 OBP in 2015.
- Stephen Strasburg didn’t issue a walk in his previous start.
Any National League road team (Padres) with a total of 7.0 or less, possessing a .300 or less OBP, and is facing a pitcher (Strasburg) that didn’t issue a walk in his previous start, resulted in the road team going 53-25 (67.9%) over the total since 1997.
The Padres enter today having gone 19-5 (79.2%) over the total during their previous twenty-four games. San Diego has averaged 5.3 runs per game while hitting a robust.305 as a team, and compiled a terrific .866 OPS during their previous seven contests.
Stephen Strasburg allowed no earned runs in his previous start. Strasburg is 18-5 over the total in his career following a start in which he allowed no earned runs. Washington is 13-7-1 over the total during its previous twenty-one games.
The general public has already flooded the major sportsbooks with wagers on going under the total in this game. It’s never as easy as it looks when it pertains to sports betting. I like this game to surpass the number for one of my MLB picks on Tuesday.
MLB Pick: Play on the Padres and Nationals Over 7.0 (+100).