Nationals vs. Giants Prediction
Max Scherzer will face another National League West opponent on Wednesday when the Washington Nationals wrap up their series against the San Francisco Giants. Will Scherzer dominate the Giants like he did the Dodgers last week?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
3:45 p.m. ET, AT&T Park
TV: WSH (MASN); SF (CSBA)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbook YouWager currently list the Nationals as a -150 favorite. As of this writing, 79% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Nationals to beat the Giants on the money line. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Nationals' Scherzer outduels Kershaw
Max Scherzer allowed one earned run with four hits and three walks while striking out nine batters in six innings in a win against the Dodgers on Friday.
Scherzer outdueled Clayton Kershaw in a head-to-head battle between a pair of three-time Cy Young Award winners. He has struck out at least seven batters in each of his five outings this season, including four quality starts. He'll look to win his fourth consecutive start on Tuesday against the Pirates at Nationals Park.
Giants' Samardzija solid in first start of season
Jeff Samardzija (pectoral) allowed just two hits and four walks over five scoreless innings in his season debut Friday in a road victory against the Angels.
Samardzija rejoined the rotation after recovering from a pectoral injury. He threw 47 of his 80 pitches for strikes. He needs to build up his stamina a bit, but he looked pretty sharp given his layoff and the fact he was facing a high-octane offense. His next scheduled start is set for Monday against the Padres to kick off a two-start week.
MLB Betting Trends
The Nationals are 38-15 in Scherzer's last 53 starts, are 37-17 in his last 54 road outings and are 7-1 in his last eight starts versus the rest of the National League West.
The Giants are 1-4 in Samardzija's last five starts and have dropped five of his last six outings versus the National League East.
For all intents and purposes, this isn't a bad price to pay for Scherzer. Yes, Samardzija is coming off a nice start in his 2018 debut but if you can get the Nationals at -150 or less with Scherzer on the hill it's a no-brainer to me.
The Pick: Washington Nationals -150