In the first of a four-game series between the San Francisco Giants (60-53) and the Washington Nationals (58-55) at AT&T Park, Ryan Vogelsong (7-8, 4.26 ERA) and Stephen Strasburg (6-5, 4.76 ERA) get the start. The game starts at 10:15 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 13 and will air on KNTV and MASN.
In his most recent outing, Vogelsong pitched 4.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out six and walking one in a 7-3 loss to the Cubs. Buster Posey (.331, 57 Rs, 16 HRs, 75 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Nationals were victorious the last time Strasburg pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 7.0 innings, allowing one run and striking out 12 in a 6-1 victory over the Rockies.
San Francisco, a +116 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Washington. Oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at seven runs. When playing as the underdog, the Giants have a 27-24 record and overall money line at +75. With a 0-5 record as the underdog, they have had a tough time 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 record of 45-34 when they are favored and are -791 overall with the money line. They also allow just 2.2 walks per game, good for tops in the NL.
The previous three games have all gone Washington's way. This game will feature Strasburg (RHP) on the mound against the Giants, who have a 45-43 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Nationals will be the right-hander Vogelsong. They sport a 43-44 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Was, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, San Francisco is 26-18, while Washington is 27-22.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Nationals are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Giants have a 14-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Giants are 52-9. The Nationals have a 45-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 15th in runs, Washington has earned 467 this season. San Francisco ranks 10th with 488 runs.
Ranking 20th, San Francisco is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 306 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 346.
The Giants are 41-23 when they hit at least one home run. The Nationals perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 42-25 record.