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Giants vs. Nationals - 7/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals (60-42) at San Francisco Giants (59-43)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 29, 2016 at 10:15 pm (AT&T Park)

M Scherzer (10-6) (2.92) vs. J Samardzija (9-6) (4.22)

The Line: San Francisco Giants +140 / Washington Nationals -150 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: MAS2/KNTV

The Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants play game two of their series Friday night.

The Washington Nationals look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Nationals have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four straight games. The Washington Nationals offense has picked up lately, and they’ve won five of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Daniel Murphy leads Washington with 130 hits, Wilson Ramos has 54 RBI and Anthony Rendon has 12 home runs. Max Scherzer gets the nod, and he’s 10-6 with a 2.92 ERA and 181 strikeouts this season. Scherzer is 1-4 with a 6.85 ERA and 23 strikeouts in his career against the Giants.

Giants vs. Nationals - 7/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The San Francisco Giants could use a win after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Giants have allowed 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 12 games. The San Francisco Giants have an ERA of 3.70 and have lost eight of their last nine games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Brandon Belt leads San Francisco with 99 hits, Buster Posey has 47 RBI and Brandon Crawford has nine home runs. Jeff Samardzija takes the hill, and he’s 9-6 with a 4.22 ERA and 97 strikeouts this season. Samardzija is 2-3 with a 3.12 ERA and 42 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 5-0 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 1-6 in Scherzers last 7 Friday starts. The Giants are 53-26 in their last 79 during game 2 of a series and 1-4 in Samardzijas last 5 starts. The Nationals are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in San Francisco.

The Giants are too talented of a team to continue slumping like this, as they were widely considered the best team in baseball once the All Star break arrived. So, while it's tough to back this team in its current slump, there's still value with them and the big plus money at home. Only a matter of time before the Giants get back on track. 

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San Francisco Giants +140

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