The winning continues here at the Sportsbook Room as we come through with the Atlanta Braves and LA Dodgers going under the total of 6 ½ runs. We got outstanding starting pitching on Wednesday exactly has we had it handicapped as Ted Lilly gave the Dodgers seven innings and allowed just one earned run and three hits to the Braves batters. For Atlanta Brandon Beachy allowed two earned runs and six hits over 6 1/3rd innings and the good Braves bullpen came and shut the door with 2 2/3rd innings of shutout relief. The weather cooperated with overcast skies and thick marine air that kept scoring down in the spring like conditions we see in LA. With our top betting pick for Thursday we select from the late night west coast game as the surging Washington Nationals conclude their series with the hapless San Diego Padres. First pitch from Petco Park in San Diego is set for 10PM Eastern Time with national television coverage by the MLB package. With our best bet on Thursday we will select the Washington Nationals -111 odds against the San Diego Padres. The odds from this Major League Baseball pick are courtesy of Just Bet sportsbook.
The betting odds from this MLB National League affair opened up with the road team Washington Nationals favored by -110 odds with the San Diego Padres bringing back +100 odds. The run total is set at 6 ½ runs. Early money from the MLB bettors has come on the Nationals as Washington has been bet up to a -111 favorite with the Padres take back now at +101 odds. The run total has held steady at 6 ½ runs. A run line bet on the favored Washington Nationals giving up -1 ½ runs will return +170 odds. Those betting the run line with the San Diego Padres and taking the +1 ½ runs will lay -185 odds.
Taking the hill for the Nationals on Thursday will be veteran right hander Edwin Jackson as he will face Edinson Volquez for the Padres. The Washington Nationals are a much better team than the San Diego Padres. The Nationals are 14-4 on the season while the San Diego Padres are just 5-14. There is no home field advantage for San Diego since they gave away Adrian Gonzalez as there is little buzz at the ballpark as they have been treated to dull baseball the past few years. The benefit with Edwin Jackson is the fact he has better control. Edinson Volquez has trouble throwing strikes as the big right hander has walked 15 batters in four starts on the year.
The San Diego Padres are a miserable offensive team as the club bats just .187 at Petco Park in 13 home games. The Nationals are solid in their bullpen as the corps on the road has an ERA of 1.85 and have no blown saves. The entire pitching staff has been outstanding for Washington as the team allows just 2.2 runs and .198 opponents’ batting average in their eight road games in 2012 season. Bet the Nationals tonight at this short number and before doing so check out the sportsbook reviews.