Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants
The San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals face off on Monday at AT&T Park in San Francisco for game one of their series. The Giants are -115 favorites over the Nationals with an over/under run total set at 6.5.
The San Francisco Giants have the best record in baseball and they are all alone in first place in the NL West. The Giants are 22-9 at home, 8-2 in their last 10 games, and they have win their last five games in a row. As a team the Giants are hitting .246 with Angel Pagan hitting .323, Hunter Pence hitting .290, Michael Morse hitting .278, and Buster Posey hitting .270. As a team the Giants pitching staff has an ERA of 3.05 with the starters at 3.39 and the bullpen at 2.38. For game one against the Nats the Giants start Ryan Vogelsong who has won his last three decisions. For the season Vogelsong has allowed 65 hits and 26 earned runs while striking out 60 over 69 innings for a 4-2 record and a 3.39 ERA.
The Washington Nationals are part of the three-way tie atop the NL East but are the hottest teams in the division. Washington is 13-14 on the road, 7-3 in their last 10 games, and are coming off of a win in their last game. As a team the Nationals are hitting .249 with Jayson Werth hitting .290, Denard Span hitting .275, and Anthony Rendon hitting .272. As a team the Nationals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.05 with the starters at 3.51 and the bullpen at 2.17. For game one at San Francisco the Nationals start Stephen Strasburg who is racking up the strikeouts this season. For the year Strasburg has allowed 83 hits and 28 earned runs while striking out 101 with 81.1 innings with a 5-4 record and a 3.10 ERA.
San Francisco is 21-6 in their last 27 home games, 36-16 in their last 52 games, and 4-0 in Vogelsong’s last four starts. Washington is 6-1 in their last seven games, 8-17 following a win, and 15-6 in Strasburg’s last 21 starts.
These two teams have been under the total in the bulk of their recent meetings and for my pick I will say they do it again here.