WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Spread) – The Nationals have been red hot of late, producing walk-off win after walk-off win for nearly a week. They’re likely to stay hot this weekend, too.
The Nationals host the Giants for a three-game series tonight starting at 7:05PM ET when Tim Hudson takes the hill versus Doug Fister. Hudson hasn’t won in his last five starts and is now 8-9 on the year with a 3.03 ERA, although he is 17-5 with a 2.37 ERA in 30 career starts versus the Nationals. Fister, meanwhile, has been outstanding for Washington this season, going 12-3 with a 2.20 ERA.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Nationals are -148 money line favorites over the visiting Giants tonight, while San Fran is currently +136 money line underdogs. Based on the most recent trends involving these two teams, bettors might be wise to pony up on the favorite tonight.
The Giants are just 1-7 in their last eight road games versus the Nationals and 2-6 in their last eight games overall against Washington. They’ve also struggled with Hudson on the mound, going 0-4 in his last four starts when they’re an underdog and 0-4 in his last four starts versus a team with a winning record. The Giants are also just 5-22 in their last 27 games overall versus an opponent with a winning record.
On the other side, the red-hot Nationals are 9-0 in their last nine games following a win, 13-3 in their last 16 games overall and 14-3 in their last 17 games with the total set between 7 and 8.5. They’re also 10-1 in their last 11 games after scoring two runs or less in their previous game, 8-0 in their last eight games versus a right-handed starter and 7-1 in Fister’s last eight starts as a favorite.