San Francisco Giants (31-31) vs Washington Nationals (35-25)Date : 06/10/2018
Time : 4:05 pm EST
Location : Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
San Francisco Giants vs Washington Nationals
The finale 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 Sunday afternoon at 4:05 pm EST. In winning 3 of their last 4 games after their disastrous series against the Braves this past weekend, the Nationals have won 3 of their last 4 games to regain the top spot in the NL East. The Giants, 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, however, they are also tied with the Dodgers with a 31-31 record for the season. 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 winners 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 (21st) along with 24 stolen bases (23rd). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.32 (22nd) with 474 strikeouts (26th) 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, 4.63 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 (22nd), 76 homers, (8th) along with 48 stolen bases (2nd). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.16 (2nd) with 595 strikeouts (4th) along with 35 quality starts on the year (3rd).
Trea Truner (.258 BA on 244 AB), Bryce Harper (.229 BA on 210 AB), and Michael A. Taylor (.215 BA on 209 AB) have been the offensive leaders for this Washington Nationals squad thus far.
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:
While Washington may have gotten the most recognition, nationally, for their current winning streak, the Giants quietly come into this finale on a high of their own. As stated, they have come out victorious in 11 of their last 15 games and would love nothing better than to end this series on a great note in which to not only stay on the heels of the Colorado Rockies (2nd), but, to also keep some distance from the 4th place team in the division, the hot Los Angeles Dodgers. Max Scherzer (10-1) will come to the hill for the Nats in the finale looking to maintain his outstanding record while also attempt to win his 4th straight start. For the Giants, Derek Holland (3-6) will get the start with the goal of picking up 2 wins in his last 3 starts. Holland has pitched well recently in only giving up 12 runs on 27 hits in his last 5 outings. Furthermore, while the under has been the result in the majority of Holland’s recent outings (4-2), the over has been the play in his last 2 starts.
The only batter within this Nationals lineup with experience against Holland is Mark Reynolds (1-3), however, Scherzer has been dominant against the majority of the batters within the Giants lineup. Brandon Crawford (.125 BA on 8 AB), Buster Posey (.111 BA on 9 AB), Gorkys Hernandez (0-3), Nick Hundley (0-2), Austin Jackson (0-3), Evan Longoria (0-8), Andrew McCutchen (0-9) have all struggled against the right-hander in the past. Joe Panik (.250 BA on 8 AB) and Hunter Pence (.400 BA on 5 AB), on the other hand, has had a decent amount of success against Scherzer in their careers.
Against The Spread Selection: Washington Nationals
My reason for the pick :
The Giants deserve credit for righting the ship that was starting to flow out into sea by playing well, recently. Nonetheless, the Nationals are not only a dangerous team at the plate, but, they can also completely shut down offenses with a variety of pitchers that have each performed well this season. It is for this reason, along with the fact that each team will approach this game with intense focus in that division standings are riding on the outcome, that I expect this to be a very competitive matchup against two teams that have certainly played each other well in recent matchups. Yet, considering the way in which he has pitched lately, with Scherzer on the mound, I have no real problems (at all) backing the Nats in their finale on Sunday against the surging Giants.
Betting trends for San Francisco Giants:
- Betting Trends for San Francisco Giants
- The Giants are 2-6 in last 8 road games
- The Over is 6-4-1 in Giants last 11 road games
Betting trends for Washington Nationals:
- Betting Trends for Washington Nationals
- The Nationals are 4-1 in last 4 home games
- The Under is 10-1 in Nationals last 11 games