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The San Diego Padres enter this matchup with a 54-40 record giving them 3rd place in a competitive NL West. They come away recently with a BIG win against the Nationals and will look to get close to that kind of achievement. Matching a 24-8 win will be a bit difficult, but they want to light up again and again. Padres sends pitcher Joe Musgrove to the mound. He has a 5-7 record with a 2.93 ERA with 116 Ks in 98.1 IP
Washington citizens come from a brutal 8-24 defeat against the Padres. They have a 42-48 record and are currently 4thth in NL east. In their last 10 games, nationals are 2-8 and want to return to their winning ways. The good news for the team is that Max Scherzer will get started. He is a superstar pitcher with a 7-4 record. He has a respectable 2.66 ERA with 134 Ks in 98 IP.
Padres wants to stay competitive
Padres has played well but is still in the middle of the pack in NL West. However, this is a competitive division and a 54-40 record in other divisions is worth a higher place. If the Padres can stay afloat, however, they can still win a tough division. They are a good all-round team and want to get more wins on the board from tonight with Joe Musgrove expected to start.
Joe has a tough matchup, especially with the pressure from Max Scherzer starting for the other team. Knowing this though, Joe Musgrove has been good this season. He only has a 5-7 record, but he has a good 2.93 ERA and beats a ton of better ones. He has 116 K in 98.1 IP. He may not have much help from his bats against Scherzer, but he is still able to keep to himself. Injured players for the Padres include Yu Darvish, Nick Ramirez, Austin Nola, Keone Kela, Taylor Williams, Javy Guerra, Mike Clevinger, Matt Strahm, Dan Altavilla, Adrian Morejon, Dinelson Lamet, Jorge Ona, Jose Castillo, Trey Wingenter, Michael Baez and Ryan Weathers.
Citizens in search of gain
The Nationals come with a 2-8 record in their last 10 games, one of which is an absolute blowout to the Padres with a score of 24-8. They are definitely looking for some revenge and are in a good position to do so with Max Scherzer expected to start.
Max has been good just like he has always been this season too. He has a 7-4 record with a 2.66 ERA in 98 IP. Scherzer seems to save the Nationals every time he plays and is expected to do so in this game as well. Injuries to nationals include Alex Avila, Stephen Strasburg, Luis Avilan, Yan Gomes, Will Harris, Joe Ross, Kyle Schwarber, Kyle McGowin and Tanner Rainey.
- The Nationals are 8-1 in their last 9 home games against a right-handed starter.
- The Padres are 1-6 in their last 7 games with the overall set at 7.0-8.5.
- The Padres are 2-8 in their last 10 road games against a team with a losing record.