In the first of a three-game series between the Washington Nationals (64-44) and the San Francisco Giants (62-46) at Nationals Park, Gio Gonzalez (6-9, 4.29 ERA) and Jeff Samardzija (9-7, 4.30 ERA) get the start. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 5 and will air on MASN and CSBA.
In his last start, Gonzalez pitched 6.0 innings, giving up two, striking out one and walking two in a 3-1 loss to the Giants. Daniel Murphy (.358, 66 Rs, 21 HRs, 80 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong season Wednesday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. The Giants were unsuccessful against the Nationals 4-1 the last time Samardzija pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out two and walking two. Brandon Crawford (.267, 44 Rs, 10 HRs, 67 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one RBI.
Washington is a -145 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. The Nationals perform well as a favorite with a 55-29 record and have an overall money line of +248. Over their past 10 games, Washington's offense has been playing lights out, averaging 6.0 runs per game, well over their season average of 4.8. The Nationals rank fifth in the majors in home runs with 144. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Nationals don't allow many hitters to get on base, ranking third in the league with a 1.163 WHIP.
Switching gears, the Giants come into this game with a win percentage of .432 when playing as the underdog (16-21) and an overall money line of +211. They have a WHIP of 1.225, fifth best in the MLB.
This game will feature Samardzija (RHP) on the mound against the Nationals, who have a 49-33 record when they take on a right-handed starter.
Predictions: SU Winner - WAS, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Giants won by a margin of one run. The Nationals are 15-13 in one-run games. The Giants have a 22-14 record in close games.
The Nationals are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Giants have a 5-9 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Giants are 12-32. The Nationals have an 11-27 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 28th in home runs, San Francisco has hit 91 this season. Washington ranks fifth with 144 home runs.
Ranking seventh, Washington is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.63 per game. San Francisco ranks in the top five at fourth with 8.91.
Ranking 17th, San Francisco is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.735). Washington ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .761.
The Giants are 28-36 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Nationals are 36-34 when they allow at least one homer.