Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants - 10/6/14 2014 NLDS Pick, Odds, Prediction
Washington Nationals (96-66) at San Francisco Giants (88-74)
MLB Baseball: Monday, October 6, 2014 at 3:33 pm (AT&T Park)
Doug Fister (R) (16-6) (2.415) vs. Madison Bumgarner (L) (19-10) (2.863)
The Line: San Francisco Giants / Washington Nationals --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MLB Network
The San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals play game 3 of the NLDS Monday at AT&T Park.
The Washington Nationals have to be a team down in the dumps as they were just an out away from tying the series and ended up blowing game 2 in 18 innings. The one thing the Nationals can take away from the first two games is that their pitching staff continues to dominate, as they’ve allowed three or less runs in 16 of their last 18 games, including just five combined runs in this series. The Nationals offense is what needs to step up as they struck out 20 times in the game 2 loss and have scored just three runs in this series. Adam LaRoche is 1-10 in this series and Bryce Harper has two hits in his last 11 at bats. The Washington Nationals have to start getting something going offensively if they hope to have any chance of getting back in this series. Taking the mound Monday is Doug Fister, who is 16-6 with a 2.41 ERA and has 98 strikeouts in 164 innings. In the postseason, Fister is 3-2 with a 2.98 ERA and has 37 strikeouts in 48.1 innings.
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The San Francisco Giants are really showing their experience in the postseason by refusing to go down quietly and finding a way to win their first three postseason games. The Giants pitching staff has led the way so far, allowing a combined three runs in their first three games and allowing three or less runs in nine of their last 15 games overall. The Giants have won six straight games when allowing three or fewer runs. Offensively, the Giants continue to produce timely hits such as Pablo Sandoval’s double in the ninth inning of game 2. Buster Posey has six hits in his last 15 at bats and Hunter Pence has a hit in all three postseason games. Taking the mound Monday will be Madison Bumgarner, who is 18-10 with a 2.98 ERA and has 219 strikeouts in 217.1 innings. Bumgarner pitched a complete game shutout against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the wild card game.
The Nationals are 21-9 in their last 30 games following an off day, 1-5 in their last 6 playoff games and 18-6 in Fisters last 24 starts. The Giants are 5-0 in their last 5 playoff home games, 10-2 in their last 12 home games vs. a right-handed starter and 35-17 in their last 52 playoff games overall. The Nationals are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in San Francisco.
Did you see the way Bumgarner pitched in his last game? I'll have some of that. The Nationals just aren't meant for this stage just yet and have to be emotionally shot after letting game 2 go. The Giants should have little trouble closing this series out here.