Jake Peavy (2-5, 3.75 ERA) and Gio Gonzalez (9-4, 3.50 ERA) are on the hill in the third of a four-game series between the San Francisco Giants (62-53) and the Washington Nationals (58-57) at AT&T Park. The Giants won the last game 8-5 and San Francisco leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 15 and can be seen on CSBy, FS1 and MAS2.
Peavy pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out six and walking two in a 2-0 defeat to the Cubs. Brandon Belt (.275, 54 Rs, 17 HRs, 54 RBIs, 7 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one RBI. Gonzalez went 8.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out six and walking one in an 8-3 win over the Dodgers in his last outing. 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.
Washington is a slim -109 favorite over San Francisco. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently seven runs. The Giants have an overall money line of +195 and a record as the underdog of 28-24. San Francisco has recorded a disappointing 1-4 record as the underdog over its last 10 games. The Giants are one of the best in the NL in terms of hits at home with a phenomenal 8.8 per game.
In games where it is the favorite, Washington has a 45-35 record and an overall money line of -1,021. When it comes to issuing walks, the Nationals have the fewest in the NL with only 2.2 walks allowed per game.
The Nationals lead the season series, 3-2. The Giants have a 15-10 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Gonzalez takes the mound. Peavy (RHP) will be on the hill against the Nationals, who have a 43-45 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Was, O/U - Over
San Francisco recorded at least two errors for the eighth time this season.
The Giants are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Nationals have a 6-20 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
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 16th, Washington sits in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 473 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top 10 at 10th 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.