Nationals vs. Giants - 7/4/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Francisco Giants (42-38) at Washington Nationals (43-36)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 11:05 am (Nationals Park)
M Bumgarner (8-4) (2.99) vs. S Strasburg (5-5) (5.50)
The Line: Washington Nationals -112 / San Francisco Giants +102 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-BAY, MASN, MLB Net
The San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals play game two of their series Saturday afternoon.
The San Francisco Giants need a win to snap a four-game losing streak. The Giants have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Giants have won five of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Joe Panik leads San Francisco with 93 hits and 30 RBI while Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford have combined for 104 RBI. The San Francisco Giants have lost five straight road games. Madison Bumgarner gets the ball, and he’s 8-4 with a 2.99 ERA and 110 strikeouts this season. Bumgarner is 2-3 with a 2.60 ERA and 40 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.
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The Washington Nationals look to stay hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Nationals have scored four runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Nationals have won six of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Yunel Escobar leads Washington with 88 hits and 27 RBI while Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond have combined for 81 RBI. The Washington Nationals have won seven straight home games. Stephen Strasburg takes the hill, and he’s 5-5 with a 5.49 ERA and 60 strikeouts this season. Strasburg is 3-0 with a 3.10 ERA and 33 strikeouts in his career against the Giants.
The Giants are 17-4 in their last 21 during game 2 of a series and 20-9 in Bumgarners last 29 starts. The Nationals are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 0-5 in Strasburgs last 5 starts with 5 days of rest. The Giants are 0-4 in Bumgarners last 4 starts vs. Nationals.
It's not very often you get Bumgarner and plus money. So, while the Nats have caught fire at home, the value here is all on the Giants. I'll take my chances.