Washington Nationals @ San Francisco Giants




Washington Nationals @ San Francisco Giants

Washington Nationals (10-11) vs San Francisco Giants (8-12)

Date : 04/24/2018
Time : 10:15 pm EST
Location : AT&T Park, San Francisco, California

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Washington Nationals vs San Francisco Giants

The Washington Nationals will continue their 3-game set against the San Francisco Giants in a game 2 matchup at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, beginning at 10:15 pm EST.  Currently, the Washington Nationals occupy the 4th spot in the NL East division while the Giants occupy the 4th spot in the NL West division.  Though this will be the first meeting of the year between these two squads, the Nationals have held a 5-1 advantage in the last 6 matchups while winning their last 3 games on the road at AT&T Park.

Washington Nationals's Latest Performance :

Despite winning their first 2 outings to begin the year, the Giants have not played well at all as they have struggled both on the offensive and defensive end.  They enter this game losers of 8 of their last 11 games to where the O/U was 4-7 during this stretch.  In addition, the Giants have lost 4 of their last 7 games at home.  Most recently, the Giants dropped 3 of 4 to the Padres early last week, which was immediately followed up by them dropping 2 of 3 against another divisions foe Arizona Diamondbacks.  In all, San Francisco will certainly need to clean up mistakes and focus more on making more of an impact on offense in this series.

Offensively, the Giants have been anemic on offense averaging only 2.83 runs per game (30th) with a team batting average of .230 (21st), 16 homers, 24th), along with 10 stolen bases on the year, good for 10th in the league.  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.50 (8th) with 145 strikeouts (22nd) with 8 quality starts on the season (10th).

Joe Panik (.290 BA on 62 AB), Buster Posey (.288 BA on 59 AB), Brandon Belt (.255 BA on 51 AB), and Even Longoria (.230 BA on 61 AB) have been the most consistent batters for the San Francisco Giants this year.  On the other hand, Johnny Cueto (1-0) has been one of the bright spots for the Giants’ pitching staff pitching 20 innings and allowing 1 run on 11 hits, 2 walks, and 16 strikeouts while Chris Stratton (1-1) has been relatively solid thus far as well pitching 24.1 innings and allowing 7 runs on 15 hits, 7 walks, and 19 strikeouts.

San Francisco Giants's Latest Performance :

The Washington Nations have been up and down all season, not able to find the necessary consistency on either side to make some noise within the NL East.  After winning 4 straight to begin the season, the Nats had since found themselves struggling to string together wins.  In fact, since their 4-0 start, Washington only won 5 of their last 15 games to where the O/U was 7-7-1; However, they were once again solid against the NY Mets early last week as they won the first 2 of the series while losing game 3 by a score of 11-5.  With a bit of momentum on their side, the Nationals then flew out west to face the Los Angeles Dodgers for a 3-game series this weekend.  While winning game 1 by a score of 5-2, the Nationals went on the drop game 2 in a 4-0 shutout.

The Nationals have been middle of the road on offense in 2018 with an average of 4.47 runs per game (15th) with a team batting average of .235 (18th).  On the other hand, their pitching staff possesses an ERA of 4.19 (18th) while ranking high in strikeouts (203/2nd) and quality starts (9/5th).

Howie Kendrick (.302 BA on 63 AB) has been outstanding at the plate for the Nationals while Bryce Harper (.288 BA on 59 AB), Anthony Rendon (.286 BA on 56 AB), and Trea Turner (236 BA on 72 AB) have also been solid against opposing pitchers.

Max Scherzer (3-1) has been the most effective pitcher on Washington’s staff pitching 27 innings thus far while allowing 7 runs on 14 hits, 4 walks, 2 homers, and 38 strikeouts.  Gio Gonzales (2-1), Stephen Strasburg (2-1), and Tanner Roark (1-1) have also been solid for the Nationals this season combining for 28 runs on 58 hits, 8 home runs, 24 walks, and 75 strikeouts.

How Washington Nationals & San Francisco Giants Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

For the season, the Washington Nationals are 10-11 ATS while the O/U is 10-9-2.  On the other hand, the San Francisco Giants are 8-12 ATS while the O/U is 9-11.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

The Washington Nationals will seek to gain more consistency at this point of the season against a terrible Giants team that has not played well at home.  The Nationals will also look to continue their stellar play on the road this season where they are 6-3 for the year.  The San Francisco Giants, on the other hand, will look to regroup to somehow perform well against a team that they have struggled with in the past.  The Giants are slightly below average at home, so Tuesdays matchup will certainly be an interesting one to watch.

The Nationals are 7-3 in last 10 road games while the Giants have lost to their last 2 series opponents (Twice to Arizona Diamondbacks and once to San Diego).

Totals Selection: Over

My reason for the prediction :

Washington has been the much better team during the past few weeks while the Giants have been cold as ice.  In other words, while Washington has been known to go through stretches to where they struggle scoring runs, the Giants have been even worse at this in recent games.  Nevertheless, both pitching staffs have been shaky all season long, leading me to believe that the playing the over can potentially have its benefits.  Of course, due to their inconsistent play, I am not confident in backing either team; However, I feel as if the over could certainly be the play in this contest.

Betting trends for Washington Nationals:

  • Betting Trends for Washington Nationals

    • The Over is 4-1 in Nationals last 5 games
    • The Nationals are 3-5 in last 8 games
    • The Nationals are 7-3 in last 10 road games

Betting trends for San Francisco Giants:

  • Betting Trends for San Francisco Giants

    • The Under is 5-2 in Giants last 7 games
    • The Giants are 1-3 in last 4 home games

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