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MLB: Washington Nationals vs San Diego Padres | 19 August, 9:40 AM (PST) 


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POTENTIAL STARTING LINEUPS: 

WASHINGTON NATIONALS: 

C | Keibert Ruiz 

FB | Luke Voit 

SB | Luis Garcia 

S | C.J. Abrams 

TB | Cesar Hernandez 

LF | Yadiel Hernandez 

CF | Lane Thomas 

RF | Joey Meneses 

DH | Nelson Cruz 

 

SAN DIEGO PADRES: 

C | Jorge Alfaro 

FB | Eric Hosmer 

SB | Jake Cronenworth 

S | Ha-seong Kim 

TB | Manny Machado 

LF | Jurickson Profar 

CF | Trent Grisham 

RF | Will Myers 

DH | Luke Voit 

It’s the worst team in the league versus the most controversial team at the moment for August 19. Headed to Petco Park, welcomed by the San Diego Padres, the Washington Nationals will try their hardest not to be another punching bag for all the other teams in the league. The San Diego Padres, on the other hand, will try to play business as usual as they face controversy surrounding shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. To each their own struggles, we suppose. 

 

The Nationals are coming into the game to represent the National League East wherein they place fifth. With a 39-79 record, they are at the bottom of the dogpile in the majors at 30th place. For Friday’s game, Paolo Espino is expected to pitch. Espino has exhibited decent and dedicated performance as of late, and his numbers can be found below.  

 

Playing home, the Padres are comparatively in a stellar position. Eighth in the MLB, the team has won 65 games and lost 54. Their recent games include losing twice to the Miami Marlins and winning twice against the Nationals in the August 13-15 series. As they’ve shown better luck and strategy playing against the Nationals last week, we can’t help but notice their advantage. Their problem now is the suspension of Fernando Tatis Jr. due to findings of performance-enhancing drugs in his system. The controversy is expected to put much more stress and pressure on the team, and this may largely affect their play. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

ERA 

 
 

WHIP 

 
 

IP 

 
 

H 

 
 

K 

 
 

BB 

 
 

HR 

 
 

WSH - Espino 

 
 

4.20 

 
 

1.29 

 
 

81.1 

 
 

90 

 
 

61 

 
 

15 

 
 

16 

 
 

SD - Snell 

 
 

3.66 

 
 

1.27 

 
 

78.2 

 
 

64 

 
 

105 

 
 

36 

 
 

6 

 

In the end, it is two teams thrust into unpleasant situations. The objective for them now is to see who is resilient enough to push through. The Washington Nationals have the disadvantage of observing lower stress levels than their opponents; however, they have displayed a chaotic and consistently unpracticed run thus far. Ultimately, we side with the Padres regardless of their adversity. The Padres have greater caliber and skill to finish Washington off as they are not reliant on Tatis either. It is another home win for the San Diego Padres.  

 

9:40 AM (PST), Friday, 19 August 2022. Petco Park, San Diego, CA.  

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