Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants - 10/7/14 2014 NLDS Pick, Odds, Prediction
Washington Nationals (96-66) at San Francisco Giants (88-74)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 9:07 pm (AT&T Park)
Gio Gonzalez (L) (10-10) (3.573) vs. Ryan Vogelsong (R) (8-13) (3.899)
The Line: San Francisco Giants / Washington Nationals --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports 1
The Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants will play game four of the NLDS Tuesday at AT&T Park.
The Washington Nationals lived to see another day after winning game 3, 4-1, and finally getting some production from their offense. Bryce Harper scored two runs in the victory and has three hits in this series, while Jayson Werth has just one hit in his last 14 at bats. The Nationals will need a similar performance from their offense if they’re going to have any chance of taking this series back to Washington for a game five. The one thing the Washington Nationals can hold their hat on is a pitching staff that has allowed three or less runs in seven of their last eight games. The Nationals have won 10 of their last 12 games when allowing three or fewer runs. Taking the mound for the Nationals will be Gio Gonzalez, who is 10-10 with a 3.57 ERA and has 162 strikeouts in 158.2 innings. In the postseason, Gonzalez is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and has 10 strikeouts in 10 innings.
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The San Francisco Giants offense completely fell flat in game three, producing just six hits and not scoring until the ninth inning. The Giants have scored just six runs in this series and have lost seven of their last 10 games when scoring three or less runs. Pablo Sandoval has now hit safely in 14 straight postseason games and Buster Posey has seven hits this postseason. The Giants have been producing timely runs in this series and will need to find a way to do that here if they hope to prevent this game from going back to Washington. The San Francisco Giants have allowed three or less runs in five of their last six games. Taking the mound will be Ryan Vogelsong, who is 8-13 with a 4.00 ERA and has 151 strikeouts in 184.2 innings. In the postseason, Vogelsong is 3-0 with a 1.09 ERA and has 21 strikeouts in 24.2 innings.
The Nationals are 24-7 in their last 31 during game 4 of a series, 2-5 in Gonzalezs last 7 road starts and 4-1 in Gonzalezs last 5 starts overall. The Giants are 5-1 in their last 6 playoff home games, 2-8 in Vogelsongs last 10 home starts and 1-4 in Vogelsongs last 5 starts overall. The Nationals are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in San Francisco.
The San Francisco Giants are a veteran team that knows how to win this time of year, and Volgelsong has been money when pitching in October. Look for the Giants to get the job done in front of their home fans this time around, and the plus money just makes this bet even sweeter.