Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants - 10/3/14 NLDS Game One
San Francisco Giants (88-74) at Washington Nationals (96-66)
MLB Baseball: Friday, October 3, 2014 at 3:07 pm (Nationals Park)
Jake Peavy (R) (7-13) (3.73) vs. Stephen Strasburg (R) (14-11) (3.139)
The Line: Washington Nationals -180 / San Francisco Giants +165 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
The San Francisco Giants make the long trip east to face the Washington Nationals in the NLDS opener.
The San Francisco Giants return to the postseason began with a bang in an 8-0 rout of the Pirates in the Wild Card. Too much Madison Bumgarner on the mound and too much Brandon Crawford at the plate is a good way to describe this. Bumgarner was at his best with a complete game four hitter while striking out ten. The offense provided all the support he would need on Brandon Crawford's 4th inning grand slam off of Edinson Volquez. Brandon Belt went 2-3 with three RBI's while Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval each scored twice. San Francisco turns to Jake Peavy on the hill in the NLDS opener versus the San Francisco Giants. Peavy closed the regular season on a tear with a 6-1 record over his last nine outings.
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Thhe Washington Nationals returned to the top of the National League East on the strength of a 96 win season. The Nationals were virtually unchallenged with no other team finishing with a winning record in what was the weakest division in the game. The Nats last won the East in 2012 behind great hitting and pitching but this year's squad was dominant because of their top ranked pitching staff that posted a 3.03 ERA. The offense was ranked #9 at 4.23 runs on a .253 BA while the team was 10th in homers with 152. Denard Span paced Washington with a .302 batting average while Adam LaRoche cracked 26 homers. Stephen Strasburg draws the starting assignment in game one of the NLDS with the San Francisco Giants. Strasburg was a monster to close the regular season with three straight shutout wins.
Strasburg was obviously hot to end the season and Peavy was outstanding over his last nine outings. San Francisco is the better hitting squad so my initial lean was Giants but no line has been released s please check back...