San Francisco Giants (31-31) vs Washington Nationals (35-25)Date : 06/09/2018
Time : 12:05 pm EST
Location : Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
San Francisco Giants vs Washington Nationals
Game 2 of a 3-game set between the visiting San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals will take place at nationals Park in Washington, D.C., on Saturday afternoon at 12:05 pm EST. Recently, after winning 6-straight and sitting atop the NL East, the Nationals had a disastrous series against the then 2nd place Braves this past weekend and would not only lost the series, but, their ranking within the division as well. They currently are in 2nd place and looking to string together some win against this inconsistent, yet, resilient Giants squad. After losing 6 of 7 recently, have since won 6 of their last 7 games while currently occupying the 3rd place slot within the NL West with the Dodgers hot on their heels. This will be the 2nd meeting of the year amongst these two teams, however, the Giants took 2 of 3 from the Nats in a 3-game set earlier in the year at AT&T Park on 4-25-2018.
San Francisco Giants's Latest Performance :
The San Francisco Giants come into this matchup losers of 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-3. Recently, the Giants would lose a 3-game set to the Colorado Rockies on 5-30-2018. Nonetheless, they would come out to play in a 3-game home set versus the Phillies as they would get the sweep on 6-3-2018. The Giants would also take this momentum into their following series as they were able to pick up yet another series win against the Arizona Diamondbacks with a 5-4 win in game 3 on 6-6-2018.
For the season, the Giants are averaging 4.18 runs per game (20th) with a team batting average of .263 (3rd), 65 homers (20th) along with 24 stolen bases (23rd). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.32 (21st) with 474 strikeouts (24th) along with 22 quality starts (23rd).
Brandon Belt (.307 BA on 192 AB) and Buster Posey (.303 BA on 185 AB) have been the most consistent hitters for the Giants this year. Evan Longoria (.245 BA on 233 AB) has also been solid at the plate for San Francisco.
Chris Stratton (7-3, 68 IP, 37 R, 68 H, 8 HR, 30 BB, 58 SO, 4.97 ERA) has been consistent on the mound for the Giants this season. On the other hand, Ty Blach (3-5, 64.2 IP, 38 R, 78 H, 4 HR, 23 BB, 33 SO, 4.73 ERA) has also been solid for the Giants in 2018.
Washington Nationals's Latest Performance :
The Washington Nationals have won 3 of their last 5 contests to where the O/U has been 1-4. Recently, Washington would pick up a 3-game road sweep against the struggling Baltimore Orioles, with game 3 being by a slim 2-0 victory. Unfortunately, they played awful on the road against the top-seeded Braves in a 4-game set in Atlanta over the weekend and would lose the series on 6-3-2018. They would, however, regroup against the Tampa Bay Rays in a short, 2-game home set to where they got the sweep on the strength of an 11-2 win on 6-6-2018.
For the season, the Nationals are averaging 4.34 runs per game (14th) with a team batting average of .236 (23rd), 76 homers, (7th) along with 48 stolen bases (2nd). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.16 (2nd) with 595 strikeouts (3rd) along with 35 quality starts on the year (3rd).
Max Scherzer (10-1, 87.2 IP, 22 R, 54 H, 6 HR, 19 BB, 133 SO, 1.95 ERA) and Gio Gonzales (6-2, 71.1 IP, 20 R, 60 H, 4 HR, 28 BB, 72 SO, 2.27 ERA) have been the most consistent on the pitching staff while Stephen Strasburg (6-5, 78.2 IP, 32 R, 64 H, 11 HR, 19 BB, 93 SO, 3.20 ERA) and Tanner Roark (3-6, 78.1 IP, 32 R, 61 H, 9 HR, 25 BB, 65 SO, 3.56 ERA) have also been solid on the mound for the Nationals this year.
How San Francisco Giants & Washington Nationals Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, the Giants are 35-27 ATS while the O/U is 31-28-3. On the other hand, the Nationals are 32-28 ATS while the O/U is 23-35-2.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
After an amazing winning streak that saw the Nats win 6-straight, they have since fallen on some losing times, yet, have won their last 2 games which could possibly propel them to a string of victories. On the other hand, the Giants, who had recently lost 6 of 7, have now won 6 of their last 7 games while also looking to continue their momentum against a team that they have played well against in the past. The pitchers for both teams have not been announced, however, the pitching staff for the Nationals have given up an average of 3.2 runs in their last 5 games while the Giants have given up only 1.2 runs. It will be interesting to see how both teams respond to their current situation, as I see this as being a very competitive matchup that could have huge ramifications as it relates to standings within each of these squad’s respective divisions.
Against The Spread Selection: Washington Nationals
My reason for the pick :
The Nationals were recently dethroned by the Braves as it relates to the top spot in the NL East. They would like nothing better to regroup at home and squeak out a victory from what is appearing to be a dangerous (yet inconsistent) Giants team. I just happen to believe that the Nationals have much to prove after their fall from the top spot in the division and will seek to refocus against this Giants team where, despite their current winning streak, are only winners in 2 of their last 8 road games.
Betting trends for San Francisco Giants:
- Betting Trends for San Francisco Giants
- The Giants are 3-12 in last 15 road games
- The Over is 8-6-1 in Giants last 15 road games
Betting trends for Washington Nationals:
- Betting Trends for Washington Nationals
- The Nationals are 3-1 in last 4 home games
- The Under is 3-1 in Nationals last 4 home games
- The Under is 10-0 in Nationals last 10 games