Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants Free Preview

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The San Francisco Giants are set to host the Washington Nationals at AT&T Park. Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will be televising this NL matchup and the game gets underway at 10:15 p.m. ET.

Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants Odds

San Francisco (+115) is coming into this one as the underdog against Washington (-125) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this night game at 8 runs (+100 for the over and -120 for the under). The game’s current runline odds sit at +120 for taking the Nationals -1.5 runs and -140 for the Giants +1.5.

The Giants are 10-12 SU and 14-7 ATS. They’ve lost 0.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline while earning 5.8 units against the spread (ATS). The Nationals have gone 10-13 SU this year and are 10-12 ATS. In total, the team’s lost 7.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline in the season’s early going and 3.0 units ATS.

San Francisco games have a 9-12 over/under record so far in 2018. The Nationals have an over/under record of 10-10-2.

Tanner Roark will get the start for Washington. The right-handed Roark is 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA and 24 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Giants this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (1-0, 0.00 ERA and six strikeouts across seven innings).

The Giants are planning to start lefty Ty Blach (1-3, 4.10 ERA), who has 13 strikeouts and 12 walks to his name, as well as a 1.59 WHIP. Blach did not record a start against the Nationals in 2017.

San Francisco’s pitching staff has given up 3.5 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. Its starters have a 3.22 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 7.5 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.41 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 9.1 K/9.

The San Francisco hitters are putting up 3.2 runs per contest, including 3.0 per game over its last 10 games and 4.0 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .234/.284/.421 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

Brandon Belt has helped lead the Giants’ offense this year with five home runs, 10 RBIs and nine runs scored.

In the other dugout, Washington’s pitching staff allowed 4.5 runs per game and its starters own a 3.35 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 10.05 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 5.66, along with a WHIP of 1.11.

The Nationals offense has slashed .230/.328/.376 on its way to 4.1 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.0 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 3.0 per game over the team’s last five outings (1-4 SU).

Washington’s hitters have been spearheaded by Bryce Harper. Harper is slashing .268/.462/.620 with eight home runs, 19 RBIs and 20 runs scored. He seemed to take a step back when hitting lefties in 2017. Across 129 plate appearances, he put up a slash line of .311/.357/.445 (compared to his overall season line of .317/.411/.596).

The Giants are coming off a 4-2 victory in the prior game of this series.

Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants Free Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has cashed in four of Washington’s last seven games.
  • The Nationals have hit eight home runs in their last 10 games. The Giants have hit 12 over their last 10.
  • Washington has recorded 18.4 runs + hits + errors per game over its last 10 contests and 15.4 over its last five.
  • The Nationals have lost four of their last five games SU.