San Francisco Giants (38-23) vs. Washington Nationals (24-33)
June 10, 2021 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: Washington Nationals -166 / San Francisco Giants +156; Over/Under: +7
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The San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals meet in MLB action from Nationals Park on Thursday.
The San Francisco Giants will look to rebound from a 4-3 loss to the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. Chadwick Tromp and Jake Vosler each had a solo home run with Tromp going 2 for 4 at the dish in the losing effort while Donovan Solano and Steven Duggar each had base hits as well as the Giants cranked out just five hits as a team in the losing effort. Jake McGee ended up taking the loss in the walk-off fashion, falling to 1-2 on the year as a result. Anthony DeSclafani will start this one and is 5-2 with a 3.51 ERA and 58 strikeouts this season. In his career, DeSclafani is 2-1 with a 3.55 ERA against Washington.
The Washington Nationals will look to build on a 9-7 extra innings win over Tampa Bay on Wednesday night. Ryan Zimmerman led the charge, going 2 for 4 with a pair of home runs and three RBIs while Juan Soto had a two-run home run. Josh Harrison, Yan Gomes, Kyle Schwarber and Starlin Castro each had RBIs as well to rouns out the scoring for Washington in the win with Castro going 2 for 5 with a double in the win. Josh Bell and Victor Robles each had a double as well with Robles going 2 for 5 at the dish to cap off the offense for the Nats in the winning effort. Patrick Corbin gave up three earned runs on three hits while striking out three over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Brad Hand got the win to improve to 3-2 on the year while Tanner Rainey closed the deal for his 1st save of the season. Max Scherzer will start here and is 5-4 with a 2.22 ERA and 104 strikeouts this season. In his career, Scherzer is 4-5 with a 3.86 ERA against San Francisco.
San Francisco is 11-2 in their last 13 road games and 6-2 in their last 8 games against the NL East while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Washington is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 1-9 in their last 10 Thursday games while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 series-opening games. San Francisco is 0-5 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 9-19 in the last 28 meetings between these two teams in Washington.
This is a tough one as the Giants had time to travel from Texas, but losing to the Rangers in Wednesday’s finale is not something to be proud of, even in a bullpen game, and DeSclafani has not been as solid as of late. On the other hand, you never know what you’re going to get from the Nationals offensively, but Max Scherzer is a gamer and is still in Cy Young from. All in all, I have to lean Washington’s way with Scherzer on the bump, but with how well the Giants have played this season, it has to be a lean in a game I’d probably leave alone if I could.