Washington Nationals vs San Francisco Giants MLB Betting OddsDate/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