San Francisco Giants (38-23) vs. Washington Nationals (25-33)
June 11, 2021 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: Washington Nationals -174 / San Francisco Giants +162; Over/Under: -7.5
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The San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals meet Friday in MLB action from Nationals Park. This was supposed to be the second installment in a four-game weekend set between these teams, but we had a postponement Thursday due to inclement weather. That game will be made up Saturday as part of a doubleheader. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
San Francisco played a couple of games versus the Rangers this week, falling 9-4 Tuesday and getting a 4-3 win Wednesday. In the Wednesday loss, the Giants’ Sammy Long lasted 4.0 innings with one earned on one hit and seven strikeouts.
For the starting pitcher role Friday, the Giants will send out Anthony DeSclafani. This year over 66.2 innings of work DeSclafani has 54 hits, 26 earned runs, eight homers allowed, 20 walks, 58 Ks and a 3.51 ERA.
Over on the Nationals’ side, they played a couple versus the Rays this week, falling 3-1 Tuesday and winning 9-7 Wednesday. In the Wednesday victory, the Nationals’ Patrick Corbin posted 5.0 innings with three earned on three hits and four walks.
For the starter job in the Friday matchup, the Nationals are sending out Max Scherzer. So far this season Scherzer has 77.0 innings, 48 hits, 21 runs (19 earned), 11 homers allowed, 15 walks, 104 Ks and a 2.22 ERA.
The Giants are 11-2 in their last 13 road games and 36-16 in their last 52 versus a team with a losing record. San Francisco is 10-2 in their last 12 road games with a total of 7.0-8.5 and the over is 4-1-1 in their last six game twos in a series.
Meanwhile, the Nats are 5-0 in their last five Friday games and 3-8 in their last 11 on grass. The under is 6-2 in Washington’s last eight Friday games and the over is 5-2-1 in the last eight in game two of a series.
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PICK: I’m going to stick with the Nationals. Scherzer has been doing quite well lately, with two or fewer earned runs in each of his last seven outings. Last time up, Scherzer managed one earned on five hits in 7.2 innings versus the Phillies. I like DeSclafani to pitch well in this matchup also, so I’m thinking this will be a lower-scoring pitchers’ duel and a fun one to watch. Should be a good way to kick off the series.