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Preview: Padres (44-55) at Nationals (54-44)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 1
Venue: Nationals Park
Date: April 24, 2014 7:05 PM EDT
  

The San Diego Padres' lineup has been quiet over the last week, a main reason the team has dropped three of four.

The Padres look to get their offense on track as they start a four-game road series against the Washington Nationals on Thursday night.

San Diego (10-12) has scored four runs once in the last nine games and gone 11 straight without reaching double digits in hits. The Padres have totaled 16 runs while batting .205 and striking out 56 times in the past seven games.

"We hope that hitting is contagious," manager Bud Black said following a 5-2 loss in Milwaukee on Wednesday. "We've got a couple of guys having good at_bats but the other five or six guys are struggling. We've got to get some hits to build some confidence."

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Washington's Jordan Zimmermann (1-1, 3.92 ERA) will look to extend San Diego's hitting woes while also building on a pair of strong performances in his last two starts.

The right-hander has allowed three earned runs and struck out 13 over 14 innings over that span, but he split a pair of decisions as poor defense led to a 4-3 loss to St. Louis on Saturday.

Zimmermann has a 1.95 ERA in five starts against the Padres, but he's received 10 runs of support in posting a 1-2 record. First baseman Yonder Alonso is 3 for 5 with a homer and a double in their matchups.

He will be opposed by Eric Stults (1-2, 4.35), who is coming off his best showing of the season. The left-hander went six innings and allowed one run and three hits in a 3-1 win over San Francisco on Saturday.

'I was able to keep my pitch count down, and I think it was just getting strike one,' Stults said. "I was able to execute some pitches down in the zone. I was able to stay away from the heart of the plate.'

The problem for Stults this season has been the long ball. He has allowed a home run in all four starts, a reason opponents have a .476 slugging percentage against him, by far the highest of any member of the San Diego pitching staff.

Stults didn't allow a homer in his only start against the Nationals, as he gave up one run and four hits over eight innings of a 2-1 win May 18.

Washington (12-10) avoided a third straight loss by scoring four times in the bottom of the ninth of Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

Adam LaRoche singled in Jayson Werth for the winning run after Werth tied it with a two-run double on a 3-0 pitch.

"I can't imagine anybody thinking (Werth) was going to swing 3-0 right there. It surprised all of us," LaRoche said. "He came up huge. Big win, needless to say. We needed that one."

LaRoche went 3 for 5 and is batting .360 during a seven-game hitting streak. He also has a seven-game hit streak against San Diego and is batting .346 with four homers and 12 RBIs in his past 14 versus the Padres.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Padres at Nationals
Thu, Apr 24 Final 4 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Padres at Nationals
Fri, Apr 25 Final 1 to 11
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GAME 3
Padres at Nationals
Sat, Apr 26 Final 0 to 4
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GAME 4
Padres at Nationals
Sun, Apr 27 Final 4 to 2
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 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 SDG  +144   -150   7 
 WAS  -154   +130   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 SDG  +152   -135   7 
 WAS  -167   +115   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 SDG  18%   17%   42% 
 WAS  82%   83%   58% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jul 7, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SDG 7 Over: 18 
 WAS 11 Cover: +100 
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 Jul 6, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SDG 4 Over: 9 
 WAS 5 Cover: +100 
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 Jul 5, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SDG 5 Over: 13 
 WAS 8 Cover: +100 
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 May 19, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 4 Over: 17 
 SDG 13 Cover: +100 
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 May 18, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 1 Under: 3 
 SDG 2 Cover: +125 
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 May 17, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 6 Cover: +100 
 SDG 5 Over: 11 
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 May 16, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 6 Cover: +100 
 SDG 2 Over: 8 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Thursday, Apr 24
 
    Royals at Indians
12:05 PM EDT
    Reds at Pirates
12:35 PM EDT
    White Sox at Tigers
1:05 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Mets
1:10 PM EDT
    Twins at Rays
1:10 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Cubs
2:20 PM EDT
    Orioles at Blue Jays
7:05 PM EDT
    Padres at Nationals
7:05 PM EDT
    Yankees at Red Sox
7:10 PM EDT
    Athletics at Astros
8:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Dodgers
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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