The series opener between the Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants got heated Monday when Bryce Harper charged the mound and started wildly swinging fists after getting plunked by Hunter Strickland. The benches cleared and both Harper and Strickland had to be physically removed from the game. That game ultimately ended up being a low-scoring affair, something that has been a trend when these two teams meet with the UNDER hitting in nine of their past 10 contests.
– Shark Bites
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of the Giants’ last 9 games at home with Jeff Samardzija as starter.
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the Nationals’ last 6 games.
- The Nationals are 6-14 SU in their last 20 games on the West Coast.
Jeff Samardzija, who will get the start for the Giants on Tuesday, was one of the first players to arrive at the mound during the bench-clearing brawl yesterday. ‘The – Shark’ has already enacted some justice earlier this season by hitting Paul Goldschmidt a day after teammate Buster Posey was hit by a pitch. After a rough first month, Samardzija has pitched very well during May with a 2.95 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 44/1 K/BB ratio.
Gio Gonzalez has been going the other way, as the lefty has come down to earth during the month of May. After posting a 1.62 ERA in his first five starts, Gonzalez has a 4.40 ERA in his past five with the Nationals going 1-4 in those outings. The long ball has been Gonzalez’ biggest enemy with seven surrendered home runs in his past five starts.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Baseball betting odds makers, including BetOnline, opened the San Francisco Giants as -105 moneyline in this matchup. Over under total bettors saw the number open at 7.5 at shops such as Bovada.
Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 4.0-3.0 result in favor of the Nationals. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.
Washington Nationals vs San Francisco Giants Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The San Francisco Giants sport a record of 22-31 heading into this matchup, while the Washington Nationals sit at 31-19 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and San Francisco vs Washington injuries news.
This game matches up the No. 18 (San Francisco Giants) and the No. 15 (Washington Nationals) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.
Offensively, the game matches up San Francisco Giants No. 30 ranked offense (3.38 runs per game) against a Washington Nationals defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 12 at 4.34 runs allowed per game. The San Francisco Giants have been averaging 7.75 hits per game, less than the Washington Nationals have managed so far this season (9.54 hits on average).
San Francisco owns the No. 17 defense, allowing 3.38 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Washington’s No. 12-rated defense.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
T Roark chucked 7 shutout innings at the Giants in their last game, striking out 6 in a 3-0 win against San Francisco in baseball action at AT&T Park.
- Washington is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
- Washington is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington’s last 6 games
- Washington is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
- San Francisco is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
- San Francisco is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games at home
- San Francisco is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 17 of San Francisco’s last 25 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Washington at San Francisco, Wednesday, May 31st