As we head into the final week of action before the All-Star Break, the teams that are currently in a slump are trying to find a way to break out of it before the end of the first half. The Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants are both on small losing streaks that are in danger of becoming longer and more problematic if they don’t do something about it soon. They will both have the chance to break out when they meet for a 3-game series in Washington, with the second game set to go on Saturday afternoon. So let’s get on the MLB betting preview for this match.
Taking a Sneak Peek at the San Francisco Giants at Washington National MLB Lines Pick & TV InfoDate: Saturday, July 04, 2015Time: 9:05 AMVenue: Nationals Park, Washington, District of ColumbiaOpening Line: San Francisco +102, Washington -112The Washington Nationals (43-36) were riding a hot streak that took them back to the top of the NL East, but they ran into a little trouble in their last series versus the Atlanta Braves. After taking the opener, the Nats dropped the next two, and only managed a pair of runs in the process. They continued to get stellar work out of their pitching staff, particularly Max Scherzer who pitched a gem in a losing cause on Thursday night. The Nationals now have 6 games at home before heading on the road for three to end the first half. Washington has put together a solid home record, going 22-14 to this point in the season. Washington has won their last 6 games at home, and will be looking to keep it rolling when the Giants roll into town. Stephen Strasburg (5-5, 5.49 ERA) will be on the mound for the Nats on Saturday, and will be looking to extend his win streak to 3 games.The San Francisco Giants (42-38) got their 6-game road trip off to the worst start imaginable by getting swept in Miami. They now find themselves 3 games back of the Dodgers in the West, and will be looking to get back on track and prevent that lead from getting any larger. The Giants continued scoring at a pretty decent rate, averaging 4 runs per game against the Marlins, but they were unable to get any quality pitching during the series. This is something that is going to have to improve if they are to have any success against the Nationals, as their pitching staff has been in pretty stellar form over the past couple of weeks. Madison Bumgarner (8-4, 2.99 ERA) will be on the mound for the Giants on Saturday, and will be hoping to get the run support that his excellent pitching has deserved.
Key Betting Trends
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Francisco’s last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Francisco’s last 6 games on the road
- Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington’s last 6 games at home