Giants vs. Nationals Prediction
The San Francisco Giants are only 1.5 games out of first place in a jam-packed NL West, while the Washington Nationals are tied for first in a tightly contested NL East. Which team will get the first laugh with the opening of a three-game series tonight in D.C.?
Friday, June 8, 2018
National Park at 7:05PM ET
TV: MASN (WASH)
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Nationals are a -200 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Giants are a +185 underdog, while the over-under is set at 7.5 runs. As of Friday morning, 67 percent of public bets are being placed on host Washington. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Giants enter in good form
San Francisco comes in having won six of its last seven games following a 5-4 10-inning home win Wednesday over the Diamondbacks, winning two out of three in the series. Pablo Sandoval helped lead the effort as he went 2-for-5 with a solo home run to help pace the offense. Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a run and an RBI. Brandon Crawford finished 2-for-5 with an RBI. Alen Hanson added a pinch-hit two-run homer which tied the score at 4-4 in the ninth. Crawford won it in the bottom of the 10th with an RBI single that scored McCutchen. Hunter Strickland earned the win in relief, working around a pair of walks while striking out two in one inning.
Nationals sweep Rays in two-game series
Washington won both games against Tampa Bay at home this week, winning 11-2 in Wednesday's finale. Anthony Rendon had a big day at the plate as he was 4-for-5 with two doubles, four runs and three RBIs. Trea Turner went 2-for-5 with his 17th stolen base and two runs scored. Juan Soto was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, two runs and an RBI. Michael Taylor finished 3-for-5 with a double, two runs and three RBIs. Tanner Roark helped his own cause by going 1-for-3 with two RBIs. On the mound, Roark allowed two earned runs on six hits with four strikeouts and a walk over six innings to pick up the win.
MLB Betting Trends
The Giants are 20-43 in their last 63 road games. San Francisco is 2-7 in its last nine meetings in Washington.
The under is 20-5-2 in the last 27 meetings. The under is 18-6 in the last 24 Nationals games overall.
While the safe pick is with Washington, I think the under is probably the best play on the board here. San Francisco has an inconsistent offense, while Strasburg won't help matters as long as he is on his game. Suarez hasn't been great, but if the Giants only can manage a couple runs there is room for error.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: GIANTS/NATIONALS UNDER 7.5