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The Washington Nationals will head west to square off against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. This NL matchup will get underway at 10:15 p.m. ET and fans hoping to watch it can tune in to Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.

Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants Odds

San Francisco (+105) is coming into this one as the underdog against Washington (-115) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this night game at eight runs. The odds for betting on the game’s total sit at +105 for the over and -125 for the under. Runline odds sit at +130 for taking the Nationals -1.5 runs and -150 for the Giants +1.5.

The Giants are 9-12 SU and 13-7 ATS. The team has lost 1.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline while earning 4.8 units against the spread (ATS). San Francisco has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven. The Nationals have gone 10-12 SU this year and are 9-12 ATS. In total, the team’s lost 6.3 units for gamblers taking the moneyline in the season’s early going and 4.0 units ATS. Washington’s covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven.

Giants games have an over/under record of 9-11 so far in 2018. The Nationals have an over/under record of 10-9-2.

Gio Gonzalez is getting the start for Washington. The southpaw Gonzalez is 2-1 with a 2.49 ERA and 25 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Giants this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (1-0, 4.26 ERA and six strikeouts over 6.1 innings).

The Giants are going with righty Chris Stratton (1-1, 2.22 ERA), who has 19 strikeouts and seven walks to his name, as well as a 0.90 WHIP. Stratton only made one start against the Nationals in 2017 (1-0, 0.00 ERA and 10 strikeouts across 6.2 innings).

Washington’s pitchers have allowed 4.5 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.27 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 10.16 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 5.78, along with a WHIP of 1.10.

The Nationals offense has slashed .232/.331/.382 on its way to 4.2 runs scored per game this season, including 3.9 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 3.6 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).

Bryce Harper and Matt Adams have led Washington’s hitters. Harper is hitting .275/.460/.638 with eight home runs, 19 RBIs and 20 runs scored, while Adams (.219/.375/.469) has produced two homers, four RBIs and four runs scored.

Harper performed well against righties on the road last year. Across 176 such plate appearances, he put up a slash line of .319/.438/.681 (compared to his overall season line of .317/.411/.596).

For the home team, San Francisco’s pitchers have allowed 3.6 runs per game overall in 2018. The club’s starters have a 3.25 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 7.5 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.52 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 9.0 K/9.

San Francisco’s hitters have put up 3.1 runs per contest, including 3.3 per game over its last 10 games and 4.0 per game over their last five. The team has hit .243/.302/.429 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that span.

First baseman Brandon Belt and second baseman Joe Panik have led the charge for the Giants’ batters this year. Belt is hitting .288/.386/.576 with five home runs, 10 RBIs and eight runs scored, while Panik’s line is .276/.345/.421 with 21 hits, four RBIs and nine runs.

Compared to his total season slash line of .241/.355/.469, Belt didn’t do very well against lefties at home in 2017, slashing .179/.276/.299 over 76 such plate appearances.

The Nationals have lost 1.1 units and are 7-7 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in seven of those games, as opposed to six that’ve gone under against righty starters. On the other hand, the Giants have netted 1.8 units and are 9-4 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in eight of those games, as opposed to five that’ve gone under.

Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Giants, ATS Winner – Giants, O/U – UNDER

Betting Trends

  • The Nationals have lost three of their last four games SU.
  • San Francisco has posted 19.3 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 21.2 over its last five.
  • The Nationals have hit nine home runs in their last 10 games. The Giants have hit 11 over their last 10.