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Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/23/14

San Francisco Giants (68-59) at Washington Nationals (73-54)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 4:05 pm (Nationals Park)

Tim Lincecum (R) (10-8) (4.500) vs. Jordan Zimmermann (R) (8-5) (2.967)

The Line: Washington Nationals -175 / San Francisco Giants +165 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-BA, MASN 2, FS1

The San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals meet Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park.

The San Francisco Giants have won five of their last six games and are nine games above .500. The Giants offense has broken out of its shell lately, producing four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Giants have won six straight games when scoring more than three runs. Buster Posey has homered in back-to-back games and Pablo Sandoval has four RBis in his last three games. The San Francisco Giants have an ERA of 3.39, which is seventh in the majors. Starting is Tim Lincecum, who is 10-8 with a 4.48 ERA and has 128 strikeouts in 142.2 innings. Lincecum is 1-5 with a 6.08 ERA in nine career starts against the Nationals.

Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/23/14

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The Washington Nationals have won 11 of their last 12 games and are 19 games above .500. Besides allowing 10 runs on Saturday, the Nationals pitching staff has allowed three or less runs in nine of their last 13 games. Overall, the Washington Nationals have an ERA of 3.03, which is second in the majors, and they’ve won seven straight when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Anthony Rendon has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and Jayson Werth has an RBI in four of his last five games. Jordan Zimmerman gets the ball, and he’s 8-5 with a 2.97 ERA and has 132 strikeouts in 151.2 innings. Zimmerman is 4-2 with a 2.89 ERA in seven career starts against the Giants.

The Giants are 1-6 in Lincecums last 7 road starts and 5-2 in Lincecums last 7 starts with 5 days of rest. The Nationals are 38-17 in Zimmermanns last 55 home starts and 50-23 in Zimmermanns last 73 starts overall. The Nationals are 4-1 in Zimmermanns last 5 starts vs. Giants, while the Giants are 1-6 in Lincecums last 7 starts vs. Nationals.

Simply from a value point of view, you have to take the Giants at this price. San Fran is too good a team to leave that kind of line on the table no matter who is pitching. 

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