San Diego Padres vs Washington Nationals Picks and Predictions June 24th 2024

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San Diego Padres
ML: -210
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Washington Nationals
ML: 170
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In a season filled with surprises, Matt Waldron has emerged as an unlikely hero for the San Diego Padres. As the team prepares to open a three-game series against the Washington Nationals, all eyes are on Waldron, who has delivered five consecutive quality starts.

Matt Waldron’s Unexpected Rise

The Padres’ rotation featured established names like Yu Darvish and Joe Musgrove, but it’s Matt Waldron, the No. 5 starter, who has been the most consistent. Waldron, with a 5-6 record and a 3.46 ERA, has proven himself indispensable. His latest victory, a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, ended a five-game losing streak for the Padres and kicked off a four-game winning streak.

Waldron’s Impressive Performance

During his streak of quality starts, Waldron has allowed only five earned runs across 33 1/3 innings. His control has been superb, with just six walks and 24 strikeouts. Notably, Waldron is the only knuckleball pitcher in MLB, adding a unique twist to his effective arsenal. In the game against Philadelphia, he threw a season-high 48 knuckleballs out of 104 pitches, baffling the Phillies’ hitters.

Quotes and Insights

“He’s been a guy that has shut down the other club,” said Padres manager Mike Shildt, praising Waldron’s recent performances. Waldron himself expressed confidence derived from facing some of the league’s best teams, further boosting his self-assurance on the mound.

Waldron’s Knuckleball Effectiveness

Waldron’s knuckleball has become a critical part of his pitching strategy. His ability to mix it with a fastball that sits at 92-93 mph has kept hitters off balance. Phillies second baseman Bryson Stott remarked on the unpredictability of Waldron’s knuckleballs, noting their varied movement.

Matchup Against the Nationals

In his only career start against the Nationals last year, Waldron gave up two runs over 4 2/3 innings. He will face a familiar foe in Patrick Corbin, a veteran left-hander with a 1-7 record and a 5.60 ERA this season. Corbin’s history against the Padres includes a 7-11 record and a 4.80 ERA in 24 outings, where he has struggled with home runs, surrendering 16 in 120 innings.

Nationals’ Recent Performance

The Nationals arrive in San Diego after a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies, securing two wins in the three-game series. Washington’s resilience was on display as they scored both runs in the top of the ninth inning. This win brought the Nationals within half a game of the Padres for the final National League wild-card spot.

Managerial Perspectives

“They’re going out there trying to scratch and claw but they don’t give up,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said, highlighting his team’s never-say-die attitude. This mindset will be crucial as the Nationals continue their push for a playoff spot.

Injury Updates

The status of Padres’ right fielder Fernando Tatis Jr. remains uncertain. Tatis has missed the last two games after being hit by a pitch, and his availability for the series opener against the Nationals is still unknown.

Conclusion

As the Padres and Nationals gear up for their series, all eyes will be on Matt Waldron to continue his impressive streak and help San Diego secure a crucial win. With Patrick Corbin on the mound for Washington, the matchup promises to be a compelling showdown.

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San Diego Padres
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105
-210
O 7.5
-115
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-125
170
U 7.5
-105
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