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Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants - 4/17/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals
Date & Time Wednesday April 17, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)
Nationals Park
Washington, DC
The Line
Washington Nationals -147 / San Francisco Giants +125
TV Channel
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The San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals meet in game two of their three game set from Nationals Park in MLB action on Wednesday night.

The San Francisco Giants will look to pick up some steam after emerging victorious with a 7-3 triumph over Washington in game one on Tuesday. Steven Duggar went 2 for 5 with a home run and two RBIs while Brandon Belt and Evan Longoria each had a solo home run. Kevin Pillar and Gerardo Parra each had two hits with an RBI and a double while Joe Panik chipped in a base hit and an RBI to cap off San Fran’s offense in the winning effort. Dereck Rodriguez got the win to improve to 2-2 this season after allowing one run on five hits while striking out six over five innings of work. Jeff Samardzija will start game two and is 1-0 with a 1.62 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. In his career, Samardzija is 2-8 with a 4.63 ERA and 63 strikeouts against Washington.

The Washington Nationals will look to bounce back after being taken down in game one on Tuesday. Matt Adams belted a pinch-hit solo homer while Stephen Strasburg had a double and an RBI and Anthony Rendon added an RBI as well to round out Washington’s scoring in the win. Adam Eaton and Wilmer Difo each had two hits with a double while Victor Robles added a base knock as well to cap off Washington’s offense in the loss. Strasburg took the loss, falling to 1-1 on the year after allowing four runs on six hits while striking out eight over six innings of work. Jeremy Hellickson will start game two and is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 6 strikeouts this season. In his career, Hellickson is 2-2 with a 3.29 ERA and 16 strikeouts against the Giants.

San Francisco is 0-5 in Samardzija’s last 5 road starts and 7-21 in their last 28 road games while the over is 4-1 in Samardzija’s last 5 starts against the NL East. Washington is 4-0 in Hellickson’s last 4 home starts and 5-1 in their last 6 games following a loss while the over is 16-6 in their last 22 games overall. San Francisco is 0-5 in Samardzija’s last 5 starts against Washington.

This is a matchup that features two pitchers that have been pretty good out of the gate, but the difference for me is that Washington has the more trustworthy offense, and Samardzija hasn’t had much luck in his career against the Nationals. San Francisco paid off on Tuesday and it blew up in my face by backing Washington, but we aren’t getting enough plus money to take a stab with the Giants and the price isn’t too bad with Hellickson, so I’ll side with the Nationals to pull even on Wednesday.

Washington Nationals -147

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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