MLB Odds: San Diego Padres vs.Washington Nationals

May 15, 2012 MLB Baseball

The surprising Washington Nationals return to the nations capital tonight to face the lowly San Diego Padres after a disappointing and somewhat shocking end to their road trip. The Nationals were looking forward to a series sweep in Cincinnati against the Reds on Sunday and led 6 to 5 entering the bottom of the ninth.

Then disaster struck in the form of a walk off grand slam by Joey Votto robbing the Nats of the series sweep and leaving them a half game behind Atlanta in the National League East division. It was Votto’s third round tripper of the contest as he ran out of innings ( much to his delight, I’m sure ) to try to duplicate the Rangers Josh Hamiltons four homer feat of last week. Start your Baseball Betting action on Washington Nationals vs. San Diego Padres game.

Washington now leads the third place New York Mets by two games. The Nationals will play at home the next seven contests where they are 12-4 thus far this year and their starting pitching staff owns a remarkable 2.28 earned run average. First pitch tonight at Nationals Park is scheduled for 7:05ET.

Lefty Ross Detwiler gets the nod tonight for Washington. He enters tonight’s affair with a 3-2 overall record and an impressive 2.10 ERA of his own. He lost his last game this past Wednesday to Pittsburgh in the Steel City, even though credited with a quality start. He gave up 3 runs and 7 hits in six innings of work as the Pirates emerged victorious 4-2. Check the Sportsbook Lines for Washington Nationals vs. San Diego Padres game.

San Diego will counter with right hander, Tim Stauffer starting for the first time this year after being on the DL with a sore right elbow to open the season. Stauffer was 9-12 last year, his first in the majors, with a 3.73 ERA and 128 strikeouts. He gave up just one run in a Padres 2-1 victory in DC last year.

San Diego (12-23) has the worst record in the National League and trail only the Minnesota Twins for the distinction of being the worst team in the majors. As you might expect, Washington is a home favorite at -$153, while San Diego is +$143. The moneyline is $125/$100 on the over / under of 7 runs.

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