MLB Betting Pick & Preview on Washington at San Francisco

Posted by Mila Anderson on Friday,August 14, 2015 3:11, EDT in

We are now at the point in the MLB betting season where panic is sure to be setting in for a number of teams who are currently on the outside looking in at the playoff picture. On the NL side of things, the Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants are very much in that position. They will play the 3rd game of a 4-game series by the Bay on Saturday night.

Taking a Look at the MLB Betting Pick & Preview on Washington at San Francisco & TV Info

Date/Time: Saturday, August 15th, 10:05 PM
Venue: AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Opening line: Washington -105, San Francisco -105

Things are starting to look particularly bleak for the Washington Nationals (58-56), as they are beginning to fall out of the divisional and Wild Card races. They are on a 3-game losing streak that has seen them fall 4.5 games back of the NY Mets in the NL East. As if that weren’t bad enough, they are now 7.5 games back of the final Wild Card spot, which is beginning to look like their only entry into the postseason. This series was a must win for both teams, and the Nationals got off to the worst possible start by taking a 3-1 loss. The offensive struggles of the Nats were once again brought to light, and they have now scored just 1 run in their last 3 games. Gio Gonzalez (9-4, 3.50 ERA) was brilliant in his last start, and will need to deliver more of the same in this one.

The Giants (61-53) are still very much in touch with the division and Wild Card races, but they are not exactly on a run of form that would suggest they have what it takes to close the gap in either. They have managed to bounce back after getting swept by the Chicago Cubs, splitting a series with the Houston Astros, and then winning the opening game in this one. The problem that the Giants have is that their upcoming schedule is absolutely brutal. They are going to have to face division leaders and playoff contenders in the next 5 series after this one, and how they do during that stretch will likely determine whether or not they will be playing ball in October. Jake Peavy (2-5, 3.75 ERA) will be on the mound for the Giants on Saturday night, and will be looking to build on his solid last outing.

Key Betting Trends

  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Washington’s last 8 games when playing San Francisco
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington’s last 8 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of San Francisco’s last 8 games when playing Washington
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of San Francisco’s last 8 games at home

It doesn’t matter how good your pitching is, if you can’t score runs, you just aren’t going to win. The Nats are awful on offense right now, and I think that is going to come back to haunt them again in this game.