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Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants - 4/16/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals
Date & Time Tuesday April 16, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)
Nationals Park
Washington, DC
The Line
Washington Nationals -192 / San Francisco Giants +167
TV Channel
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The San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals meet in game one of a three game set in MLB action from Nationals Park on Tuesday night.

The San Francisco Giants will look to rebound after failing to complete the sweep of the Colorado Rockies after being stifled in a 4-0 loss in the series finale on Sunday. Evan Longoria’s 8th inning single was the lone base hit for the Giants in the losing effort as the rest of the team went 0 for 25 with 9 strikeouts in the loss. Derek Holland took the L, falling to 1-2 on the year after allowing all four runs on four hits while walking four and striking out six. Dereck Rodriguez will start game one and is 1-2 with a 4.15 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. This will be Rodriguez’s second career start against Washington.

The Washington Nationals will look to bounce back after dropping the rubber match of their series with Pittsburgh, losing the series finale by a final score of 4-3 on Sunday. Howie Kendrick went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI while Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto each had an RBI as well in the loss. Adam Eaton went 2 for 4 at the dish while Ryan Zimmerman, Wilmer Difo, Victor Robles, Max Scherzer and Michael A. Taylor each added a base hit as well in the losing effort. Scherzer allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out seven over eight innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Wander Suero took the loss, falling to 1-1 on the year. Stephen Strasburg will start game one and is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. In his career, Strasburg is 3-3 with a 3.77 ERA and 54 strikeouts against San Francisco.

San Francisco is 1-9 in Rodriguez’s last 10 starts and 6-21 in their last 27 road games while the under is 6-0-1 in their last 7 games against the NL East. Washington is 68-24 in Strasburg’s last 92 starts and 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 15-6 in their last 21 games overall. Washington is 1-4 in Strasburg’s last 5 starts against San Francisco.

San Francisco winning three games is a nice confidence booster, but lets not forget those wins came against a Colorado team that’s off to it’s worst start in franchise history and the Giants only plated nine runs in those four games. Numbers like that won’t help if Rodriguez gets into trouble, which could happen as the Giants haven’t had much luck with Rodriguez on the bump and his lone career start against Washington went just 2.2 innings and saw five earned runs plated in that span. Washington has issues of their own, but this is a series that the Nats can use to build some momentum so while the price isn’t ideal, I think the only option is to side with Washington in game one on Tuesday.

Washington Nationals -192

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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