Max Scherzer takes the ball for the Nationals and although his 5-4 record isn’t outstanding, it hasn’t had anything to do with his pitching.
Anthony DeSclafani has been a standout pitcher for the Giants, so a possible pitchers’ duel is in the making.
The online betting markets have Washington as favorites to go back-to-back.
Nats Survive Extra Innings
The Nationals scored a much-needed 9-7 win in extra innings against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday and it could spark them into gear.
It was a better offensive output from a team that has the potential, but rarely puts it all together on game day. They had put up run totals of one, two, two, six and one over the last week, so scoring nine is an explosion.
They are seven games back of New York in the National League East, so they’re within reach, and beating the Giants would help bridge the gap.
Having Scherzer on the mound is a bonus and he has been as good as advertised. The 36-year-old is 5-4 with an ERA of 2.22, which is seventh-best in the majors. His 0.82 WHIP is fourth-best, so he’s in form.
He hasn’t allowed more than two runs in each of his last five starts, including one run against Philadelphia in his most recent start. Rumors are starting to spread about which team he’s heading to in a possible trade, but Scherzer is focused on winning for the Nationals.
Losing Austin Voth was a blow after he got hit in the nose with a failed bunt.
“Now it’s just about getting him healed up,” Washington manager Dave Martinez told ESPN. “He said he feels fine. We’ve got to the swelling down. He’s going to be out for some time until we get the eye back open and we’ll go from there. He wanted to thank everybody for their concerns.”
It means Scherzer is now the only quality pitcher on the roster, but he’s the guy you want throwing the ball.
Giants Looking to Bounce Back
The Giants weren’t able to keep their momentum when losing in extra innings to Texas on Wednesday, but their recent form has been excellent.
It was only their second loss in the last six games, which included three consecutive wins against the Cubs. They are 38-23 and leading the NL West.
Leading the way has been Evan Longoria and Evan Crawford, with the latter leading in home runs and RBIs. The shortstop has hit 41 RBIs and 14 homers, so he has rediscovered his best form.
Longoria was getting on base more than any other Giants player. However, he will miss the next four to six weeks with a shoulder injury, which could threaten to derail the season.
The team average isn’t outstanding for this club, but they have hit 88 home runs, which is 33 more than the Nationals. Generating runs has been the key and despite owning just one more hit than Washington, they have scored 77 more runs. It’s a sizable difference and getting the runners home is a sure-fire way to win games.
They send Anthony DeSclafani to the mound. The 31-year-old is 5-2 with an ERA of 3.51 and comes off consecutive games where he allowed two runs, which is much better than his performance against the Los Angeles Dodgers last month.
He allowed 10 runs from 2.2 innings, which would have stolen his confidence. However, we liked the way he hit back and he’s back on the rise.
Giants vs Nationals Betting Trends
The Giants are 0-5 in the last five meetings and 9-19 in the last 28 meetings in Washington, so success has been tough to come by.
However, they are 7-0 in the last seven road games vs a team with a losing record and 11-1 in their last 12 road games.
Beating teams with losing records hasn’t been difficult for the Giants, who are 36-15 in their last 51 games vs a team with a losing record.
Apart from dominating the Giants in recent seasons, there are many positive betting trends for the Nationals. They are 1-7 in their last eight games against a right-handed starter and 1-9 in their last 10 Thursday games.
MLB betting markets have Washington as favorites, which is largely due to its impressive record against San Francisco.
Giants vs Nationals Pick
There are two overriding factors for picking the Nationals. They have Scherzer on the mound and they have an excellent record against the Giants.
Beating the Rays should have given this team plenty of confidence and we’re confident of consecutive wins.
Returning home is a bonus and we’re happy to take the -165 odds available.