Madison Bumgarner (13-6, 3.15 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (62-53) meet Joe Ross (3-4, 3.44 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (58-57) in the last of a four-game series at AT&T Park. The Giants won the last game 12-6 and San Francisco can finish out the series sweep with a win in this game. The game starts at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 16 and will air on CSBy and MAS2.
In his most recent outing, Bumgarner pitched 9.0 innings, allowing one run and striking out 12 in a 3-1 victory over the Astros. Brandon Belt (.275, 54 Rs, 17 HRs, 54 RBIs, 7 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one RBI. The Nationals were unsuccessful to the Dodgers 5-0 the last time Ross pitched. He went 4.2 innings, giving up five runs, striking out one and walking four. Bryce Harper (.332, 78 Rs, 30 HRs, 73 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and four RBIs.
San Francisco is a -171 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Giants have a 33-29 record and overall money line at +319. They are 3-1 as the favorite over their last 10 games. The Giants lead the NL in hits with 9.3 per game.
On the other side, the Nationals have a subpar record of 13-21 when they are the underdog and are -1,155 overall with the money line. They also allow just 2.2 walks per game, good for tops in the NL.
The Nationals are 3-2 against the Giants this season. The Giants will take on a right-hander (Ross) in this game and have a 47-43 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The left-handed Bumgarner will take the mound against the Nationals, who have a 15-11 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Over
After last game's shutout win against the Washington, the Giants now have 14 shutouts this season. The Nationals have been shut out in eight games this season.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Giants are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Nationals have a 9-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
It looks like the Giants have a slight leg up on the Nationals, as the Giants have won their last two games while the Nationals have lost their last four.
When they outhit their opponents, the Giants are 54-9. The Nationals have a 45-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 15th, Washington sits in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 473 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 499.
Ranking 19th, San Francisco is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 311 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 351.
The Giants are 42-23 when they hit at least one home run. The Nationals perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 42-27 record.