Washington Nationals vs. San Diego Padres
Dates: Thursday, August 17 – Sunday, August 20, 2017
Location: Petco Park
The Nationals have absolutely nothing to prove in this series. They’re by far the better overall team even without one of the best players the league has to offer in the lineup. This club could sleep walk through this series and still likely pull out a split. That still won’t prevent them from trying to improve upon their stellar 36-22 road record ( $1062 ).
Though the Friars currently sit 13 games under .500, Andy Green’s squad has been a slight moneymaker this season by producing a $294 return on investment overall. San Diego has been an embarrassment on the road where it’s managed just 22 wins through 51 tries ( -$519 ), but has been a solid investment at home where it’s four games over .500 and +$813 for the season.
Game 1 Probable Pitchers - Thursday, August 17, 2017, 10:10 p.m. ET ( Local )
Edwin Jackson vs. Jhoulys Chacin
Surprisingly, Edwin Jackson’s stay in the nation’s capital hasn’t gone as bad as most expected it would after getting DFA'd by the Baltimore Orioles earlier this season. Through five starts as a member of the Nats, Jackson has gone 3-2 and pitched to a 3.86 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. Opponents are only batting .265 against him, and Washington has split his pair of road starts. He’s 4-4 with a 4.31 ERA and 1.44 WHIP through 13 career Petco Park starts.
Chacin will be thrilled to get back in the comforts of his home digs where he’s been a more dominant pitcher all season long. On the road, the righty has gone 4-6 with a 6.90 ERA, but in 12 home starts, the veteran has gone 7-2 with a miniscule 1.86 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. San Diego won eight of those outings with the under cashing at a 6-5-1 clip. He’s 3-2 with a 3.43 ERA and 1.32 WHIP through seven career starts against the Nationals.
Game 2 Probable Pitchers - Friday, August 18, 2017, 10:10 p.m. ET ( Local )
Max Scherzer vs. Luis Perdomo
Mad Max has bounced back nicely from the stiff neck that forced him out of the game early against the Miami Marlins three starts back. Since then, the dominant right-hander has logged a pair of wins over the Marlins and Giants by combining to throw 14 innings of 4 ER ball with a 19:3 K/BB ratio. Washington has won seven of his last nine starts and stands 8-5 with him leading the charge on the road where he’s 8-2 with a 1.79 ERA and .154 BAA. He’s owns a career 1.96 ERA and 1.09 WHIP through four career starts at Petco.
Perdomo will toe his home bump for the 12th time looking to improve upon a 4.95 ERA and .291 BAA. San Diego has dropped four of his last six starts even though its given him an average of 5.0 runs per game to work with. Opponents are batting .273 against him when at home which has seen the over cash in seven of his 11 starts. He tossed a quality effort in D.C. back on May 26 when he went six innings and allowed 3 ER to fall to 1-1 against the Nats lifetime with a 3.46 ERA and 1.08 WHIP.
Game 3 Probable Pitchers - Saturday, August 19, 2017, 8:40 p.m. ET ( Local )
Stephen Strasburg vs. Travis Wood
This looks to be the night the “Strosborg” will come off the DL and pitch for the Nationals for the first time since late July. The righty has fared extremely well in his rehab starts, and will be looking to pick right back up where he left off before succumbing to injury. For the season, the righty stands 10-3 with a 3.25 ERA and .218 BAA through 20 starts. Washington had won each of his previous three road starts, and he’s 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA and 0.92 WHIP through two career Petco starts.
Off a stellar couple seasons with the Chicago Cubs and playing an integral role in leading that defunct franchise to its first World Series title in 108 years, 2017 has been one to turn the page on for Wood. He was dealt to San Diego at the trade deadline and done nothing to impress since. The lefty has failed to thrive in the Padres rotation, but enters his fifth start off his best showing after limiting the Phillies to six hits and 2 ER through five innings. Expect the Padres bullpen to play a role in this one.
Game 4 Probable Pitchers - Sunday, August 20, 2017, 4:40 p.m. ET ( Local )
Gio Gonzalez vs. Dinelson Lamet
Two hits and no runs allowed through six innings. That effort earned Gonzalez his eleventh win of the season on Tuesday night. The outing marked the fourth straight start of quality for the left-hander, which makes it nine of his last 10. His brilliant bounceback campaign has seen him pitch to a 2.49 ERA and .209 BAA through 149.1 total innings. Washington has won eight of his 12 road starts, and he finds himself in a good spot facing a Padres offense batting a league-worst .223 against left-handers.
Lamet caught the attention of fantasy players immediately after tallying 25 strikeouts over his first four career big league starts. While the youngster has had a roller coaster of a season since, the talent is there and it looks to be budding right before our eyes. The righty is just a single out away from registering four straight quality starts with San Diego winning four of his last five. Since getting rocked for 10 ER and 3 HR in successive starts against the Indians and Rockies, Lamet’s given up just 6 ER and racked up a 23:9 K/BB ratio over his last 23.1 innings. Washington’s got its hands full on Sunday.