Joe Ross (4-5, 3.56 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (63-62) go up against Andrew Cashner (5-12, 4.03 ERA) and the San Diego Padres (62-64) in the last of a three-game series at Nationals Park. The Padres won the last game 6-5 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 27 and will air on MASN, FSSD and MLBN.
In his last start, Ross pitched 7.0 innings, allowing one run and striking out four in a 6-1 victory over the Brewers. Bryce Harper (.332, 89 Rs, 31 HRs, 76 RBIs, 6 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run, two RBIs, and one stolen base. The Padres were victorious over the Cardinals 9-3 the last time Cashner pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing zero runs (one unearned), striking out eight and walking two. Justin Upton (.258, 68 Rs, 22 HRs, 70 RBIs, 18 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Padres, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and three RBIs.
Washington is a -165 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. The Nationals are 50-38 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -1,204. Washington has averaged 5.8 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 4.2. The Nationals typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an impressive 3.2 walks per game. Washington's pitching staff has fallen apart in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game rose to 5.4 during that span, compared to its 4.0 season average. The Nationals don't give up many walks to opposing batters, leading the NL with only 2.1 walks allowed per game.
On the other side, the Padres have a record of 29-40 when they are the underdog and are -498 overall with the money line. During the last 10 games, they averaged 5.6 runs per game, above their 4.1 season average. San Diego is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 339 extra base hits. Switching gears to San Diego's pitching staff, they have some of the most overpowering arms in the NL with an average of 8.3 strikeouts per game.
The Nationals have mostly come out on top against the Padres in their previous six games this season, earning a 4-2 record. This game will feature Cashner (RHP) on the mound against the Nationals, who have a 47-48 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Padres will be the right-hander Ross. They sport a 47-52 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Was, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Padres won by a margin of one run. The Nationals are 18-15 in one-run games. The Padres have an 18-16 record in close games.
The Nationals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Padres have a 29-41 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Nationals are 10-54. The Padres have a 9-46 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 19th in home runs, San Diego has hit 115 this season. Washington ranks 14th with 127 home runs.
Washington and San Diego both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Washington sits at 12th with 8.34 hits per game and San Diego ranks 13th with 8.28.
Ranking 28th, San Diego is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.686). Washington ranks in the bottom half at 16th with an OPS of .715.
When the Padres allow at least one home run, they are 33-45, well-matched with the Nationals who are 27-38 when allowing at least one homer.