Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants
The Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants start off Independence Day baseball with an early start on Wednesday in Washington. The Nationals are -120 favorites over the Giants with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
Washington got off to a solid start in the series on Tuesday as they got ahead early and continued to build on their lead for the win. Ian Desmond had two hits including a home run, Danny Espinosa has three hits, and Bryce Harper had two hits as the Nationals scored nine times on 13 hits. On the mound Jordan Zimmerman allowed seven hits and two runs, one of them earned, while striking out seven over six innings for his fifth win if the season. For Wednesday’s game Washington starts Edwin Jackson who was rocked in his last outing allowing eight runs in three innings but took a no decision. For the season Jackson has allowed 80 hits and 30 earned runs while striking out 73 over 95.2 innings of work for a 3.57 ERA.
The San Francisco Giants fell behind early on Tuesday and were never in it after that as they lost game one of the series. Gregor Blanco and Brandon Crawford had three hits each and Melky Cabrera and Pablo Sandoval added hits as the Giants scored three times on 10 hits. On the mound Tim Lincecum was bombed as he allowed nine hits and eight runs, seven earned, over 3.1 innings for his ninth loss of the season. For Wednesdays game the Giants look to bounce back as they start Madison Bumgarner who has won his last five decisions. For the season Bumgarner has allowed 95 hits and 35 earned runs while striking out 92 over 110.2 innings of work for a 2.85 ERA.
Washington is 6-2 in their last eight game two of a series, 3-5 in their last eight home games, and 3-7 in Jackson’s last 10 starts. San Francisco is 5-3 in their last eight games overall, 13-5 in their last 18 game two of a series, and 22-4 in Bumgarner’s last 26 starts as a favorite. San Francisco is 18-9 in the last 27 meetings of these two.
The total is set at 7.5 and this one shapes up as a pitcher’s duel and it should stay under.