San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals Free Preview

The San Francisco Giants will play the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will broadcast this NL matchup. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET.

San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals Odds

Oddsmakers have listed Washington (-285) as the favorite over San Francisco (+245). Bettors can gamble on the games total with odds posted at even money (+100) for over 7 runs and -120 for under 7. Bettors can also wager on the games runline with the current odds standing at +115 for the Giants +1.5 runs and -135 for the Nationals -1.5 runs.

The Giants have gone 32-32 SU this year and are 37-26 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 6.1 units for moneyline gamblers and 9.7 units ATS. San Francisco’s covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Nationals, on the other hand, are 36-26 SU and 32-29 ATS. They’ve lost 0.4 units for moneyline bettors while gaining 3.1 units ATS. Washington has a 3-4 ATS record over its last seven outings and the total has gone under in five of those seven.

Nationals games have an over/under record of 24-35-2 so far in 2018. The Giants have an over/under record of 32-29-2.

Left-hander Derek Holland is projected to start for San Francisco. Holland is 3-6 with a 4.91 ERA and 53 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Nationals this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Nationals are turning to righty Max Scherzer (10-1, 1.95 ERA), who’s got 133 strikeouts and 19 walks to his credit as well as a 0.83 WHIP. Scherzer is 1-0 with 10 strikeouts and a 3.00 ERA over one starts against San Francisco this year.

San Francisco’s pitchers have allowed 4.7 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.73 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 7.11 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.89, along with a K/9 of 8.57.

The Giants offense has slashed .265/.327/.422 on its way to 4.3 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.4 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 6.2 per game over the teams last five outings (3-2 SU).

San Francisco’s hitters have been powered by shortstop Brandon Crawford and right fielder Andrew McCutchen. Crawford is slashing .326/.375/.505 with seven home runs, 28 RBIs and 27 runs scored, while McCutchen is hitting .261 with six homers, 29 RBIs and 35 runs scored.

In the other dugout, Washington’s pitchers have yielded 3.5 runs per game overall this year. The teams starters have an ERA of 3.01, a WHIP of 1.06 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.9. The bullpen has a 3.84 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 9.4 K/9.

The Washington offense has put up 4.4 runs per outing, including 4.1 per game over its last 10 games and 5.8 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .247/.309/.380 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that span.

Shortstop Trea Turner and right fielder Bryce Harper have led the Nationals batters this year. Turner is hitting .258/.344/.393 with seven home runs, 25 RBIs, 36 runs and 18 stolen bases, and Harper’s line is .232/.365/.518 with 19 homers, 43 RBIs and 39 runs.

The Giants have lost 0.3 units and are 22-18 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has cashed in 18 of those games, compared to 20 that’ve hit the under against righty starters. On the other hand, the Nationals have lost 9.7 units and are 9-12 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The over has hit in eight of those games, compared to 12 that went under the total.

San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals MLB Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Nationals, ATS Winner – Giants, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The Nationals have won three of their last four games SU.
  • The San Francisco defense has allowed eight errors over the last 10 games, compared to three errors for Washington over its last 10.
  • The Giants have hit 14 home runs in their last 10 games, including nine over their last five.