The NL division races in the East and West are still pretty tight, but it’s beginning to look as though winning those respective divisions might well be the only guaranteed way into the playoffs. Three teams in the Central division look like a lock right now, which means that the Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants might well both miss out come October. That makes the series between these two teams, which begins on Thursday by the Bay, all the more interesting. Find the latest MLB odds here.
Washington Nationals vs San Francisco Giants MLB Betting Odds
Date/Time: Wednesday August 13, 8.15 pm
Venue: AT&T Park, San Francisco, California
TV: MLBN, MASN
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Opening Line: Washington -126, San Francisco +116
When you are behind in the standings, it’s important that you try to maintain a high level of consistency. That, among other things, is something that is very much absent from the Washington Nationals (58-54) right now. They have yet to win back to back games in August, and now find themselves 2 games back of the New York Mets in the NL East. That is a lead that they really need to cut into, as they are now 5.5 games back in the Wild Card race. Getting the wins necessary to get back on top is going to be a tough ask if the offense continues to struggle that way it has been in recent weeks. Including this series, the Nats have 7 more games on the road before heading home, and continues struggles on the road could really put their playoff hopes in doubt. Stephen Strasburg (6-5, 4.76 ERA) will make his second start since coming back from injury, and will be hoping to be as effective as he was in his return.
The Giants (60-52) are in a little better shape than the Nationals in both the division and Wildcard races, but they have an incredibly tough run of games ahead of them. After this series, the Giants will have 16 games against teams who are all in possession of a playoff spot right now. If they do not perform well during that stretch the likelihood of a new champion being crowned this season gets higher. The bad news is that the Giants have struggled in those types of games, as witnessed by the 4-game sweep at the hands of the Chicago Cubs recently. The Giants are 8 games above .500 at home this season, and will be hoping that they can extend that against Washington. Ryan Vogelsong (7-8, 4.26 ERA) will get the start as he tries to break out of a 2-game losing skid.
Key Betting Trends
- The total has gone OVER in 7 of Washington’s last 9 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington’s last 6 games on the road
- San Francisco is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Francisco’s last 7 games
- San Francisco is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Francisco’s last 5 games at home
Consider This Before Placing Your Bet
Strasburg looked great in his first game back from injury, and he could prove to be a huge contributor in the Nats playoff push. I think he will get the win again in this one.