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Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants - 4/18/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals
Date & Time Thursday April 18, 2019, 1:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Nationals Park
Washington, DC
The Line
Over: 8 (-120) / Under: 8 (+100)
TV Channel
MASN
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The San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals meet in the rubber match of their three game MLB set from Nationals Park on Thursday afternoon.

The San Francisco Giants will look to bounce back and win the set after dropping game two on Wednesday by a final score of 9-6. Steven Duggar and Gerardo Parra each had a home run and two RBIs with Duggar going 2 for 5 with a double as well. Brandon Crawford and Evan Longoria each had an RBI to cap off San Francisco’s scoring in the losing effort. Buster Posey, Brandon Belt and Yangervis Solarte each had a double while Joe Panik chipped in a base knock as well to round out the Giants’ offense in the defeat. Jeff Samardzija took the loss, falling to 1-1 after allowing four runs on five hits while striking out seven over five innings of work. Drew Pomeranz will start game three and is 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 16 strikeouts this season. In his career, Pomeranz is 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA and 13 strikeouts against Washington.

The Washington Nationals will look to keep the ball rolling and win the set after evening the series up at one win apiece following their win on Wednesday. Matt Adams led the Nats with three RBIs coming on a home run while Juan Soto and Kurt Suzuki each had a homer and two RBIs. Howie Kendrick had a solo homer while Adam Eaton went 2 for 4 with an RBI to round out Washington’s scoring in the winning effort. Anthony Rendon, Brian Dozier and Victor Robles each chipped in a base hit as well to cap off the Nationals’ offense in the victory. Jeremy Hellickson got the win to improve to 2-0 after allowing two runs on five hits while walking four over 5.2 innings of work. Patrick Corbin will start game three and is 0-0 with a 2.84 ERA and 24 strikeouts this season. In his career, Corbin is 8-8 with a 3.04 ERA and 129 strikeouts against San Francisco.

San Francisco is 1-6 in their last 7 games against the NL East and 7-22 in their last 29 road games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 road games. Washington is 1-5 in their last 6 games against a left-handed starter and 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 17-6 in their last 23 games overall. The over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Washington.

The over has hit in each of the first two games as both teams have found offense here and there, but with there being tired legs on a short turnaround, I’m inclined to side with the under here. Pomeranz has been decent for the Giants, giving up two runs in each of his first three starts while Corbin has done a good job striking out a lot of batters so far this season. I just think this one is an under the radar pitchers’ duel, so I’ll take a stab at the under on getaway day.

Pick:
Under: 8 (+100)

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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