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Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants - 7/3/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Francisco Giants (42-38) at Washington Nationals (43-36)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 3, 2015 at 6:05 pm (Nationals Park)

J Peavy (0-2) (9.39) vs. G Gonzalez (5-4) (4.41)

The Line: Washington Nationals -150 / San Francisco Giants +140 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants face off on Friday at Nationals Park for game one of their MLB series.

The Washington Nationals have been playing solid baseball of late and they lead the National League East. The Nationals are 22-14 at home, 7-3 in their last 10 games, and they have a four game lead in the NL East. As a team the Nationals are hitting .259 with Bryce Harper hitting .340, Yunel Escobar hitting .321, and Denard Span hitting .310. The Nationals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.87 with the starters at 4.03 and the bullpen at 3.56. For game one against the Giants the Nationals start Gio Gonzalez who has allowed 89 hits and 40 earned runs while striking out 72 over 81.2 innings for a 5-4 record and a 4.41 ERA.

Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants - 7/3/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The San Francisco Giants continue to chase the Dodgers in the National League West but they have lost their last three games. The Giants are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 21-18 on the road, and they are three games behind the Dodgers in the standings. As a team the Giants are hitting .271 with Nori Aoki hitting .317, Joe Panik hitting .316, and Buster Posey hitting .304. The Giants pitching staff has an ERA of 3.87 with the starters at 4.03 and the bullpen at 3.56. For game one against the Nationals the Giants start Jake Peavy who has allowed 12 hits and eight runs while striking out seven over 7.2 innings for a 0-2 record and a 9.39 ERA but he is just coming off of a trip to the DL where he has been since April 17th.

Washington is 4-0 in game one of a series, 23-9 against the NL West, and 21-7 in Gonzalez’s last 28 home starts. San Francisco is 15-6 against a left-handed starter, 0-5 against the NL East, and 0-5 in Peavy’s last five starts. San Francisco is 4-9 in their last 13 games at Washington.

I like the Nationals here but it is more of a lean than a pick I want to lay the kind of odds that are listed so I won’t be playing it but my pick is the Nats. 

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Washington Nationals -155

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