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Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants - 8/11/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Francisco Giants (46-70) at Washington Nationals (68-45)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 11, 2017 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)

Chris Stratton (0-1) (6.63) vs. E Jackson (2-2) (4.34)

The Line: Washington Nationals -165 / San Francisco Giants +155 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN

The San Francisco Giants take on the Washington Nationals in game one of a three game weekend set as part of Friday’s MLB action.

The San Francisco Giants will look to continue the role of spoiler after winning six of their last nine games, including a 3-1 win in their series finale against the Cubs on Wednesday, giving the Giants the series victory. Hunter Pence went 2 for 3 with a solo home run, while Jarrett Parker and Joe Panik each put up an RBI in the winning effort. Denard Span, Ryder Jones, Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Crawford each added base hits of their own in the win for San Francisco. Madison Bumgarner looked like his normal ace self, giving up just the one run on five hits while striking out seven over seven innings of work, getting the win to improve to 2-5 this season. Hunter Strickland closed out the 8th and Sam Dyson threw a perfect 9th inning for his 8th save of the season. Chris Stratton will start game one and is 0-2 with a 6.63 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. This will be Stratton’s first career start against Washington.

Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants - 8/11/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Nationals will look to keep the momentum going after winning four of their last five games following a 3-2 come from behind win over Miami in their series finale on Thursday. Brian Goodwin led the way, going 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs, while Bryce Harper rounded out the Nats’ scoring with an RBI of his own, going 1 for 4 with a double. Adrian Sanchez added a double of his own while Wilmer Difo and Matt Wieters added base hits of their own in the win. Tanner Roark gave up both runs on four hits while walking five and striking out four over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Ryan Madson got the win to improve to 2-0 this season while Sean Doolittle shut things down in the 9th for his 7th save of the year. Edwin Jackson will start the series opener and is 2-2 with a 4.34 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. In his career, Jackson is 4-4 with a 5.03 ERA and 59 strikeouts against San Francisco.

San Francisco is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 8-20 in their last 28 games against the NL East while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 road games. Washington is 3-7 in Jackson’s last 10 starts and 15-6 in their last 21 against the NL West while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. San Francisco is 1-5 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Washington.

Both of these teams come into this one playing some solid baseball, however the Nationals are a lot easier to trust with their offense and the better pitcher on the mound on Friday. Now that Washington has their bullpen issues mostly sorted, this could be a dark horse world series contender, and I think we see why on Friday en route to a Washington victory. 

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