MLB Baseball Betting: Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants

MLB Baseball Betting:  Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants

It’ll be a battle of second place teams in their respective divisions on Thursday night as the San Francisco Giants host the Washington Nationals at AT&T Park. Neither team is in good form at the moment and they both need to get things turned around quickly lest their chances at a division title go by the wayside. The Nationals are in better shape than the Giants–sort of. Washington has lost 6 of 10 and has slipped to four games off the pace in the NL East. They’re not playing as poorly as the Giants are but it really doesn’t matter since the team they’re chasing–the New York Mets–are in great form. The Mets have won four straight and 8 of 10 including a victory in daytime action on Thursday.

The Giants are just 3.5 games out of first place in the NL West and are still without striking distance of division leading Los Angeles as the Dodgers are just 5-5 in their last 10 games. The Giants are struggling, however, losing 7 of their last 10 and 8 of their last 12. They’ve also got to pay attention to an improving Arizona Diamondbacks team in third place–the D-Backs have been on a winning run of late and are now just four games behind the Giants.

Washington will start their ace Stephen Strasburg–Strasburg has been up and down this season but has looked sharp in his recent assignments. Of course his ‘last three games’ translate to one per month between stints on the disabled list. In his first start back from his latest injury he shut down the Colorado Rockies on August 8 with 7 innings of 3 hit, 1 run 12 strikeout pitching. The bad news is that his last start before that was on July 4. San Francisco will counter with Ryan Vogelsong who has been very inconsistent this season but the Giants have won 5 of his 7 starts on his home field.

Whenever Strasburg pitches you’ll pay a price for his ‘brand name’ but at this juncture we’re not sure he’s worth it. An impressive outing against a weak Colorado team proves little and Washington has lost money on the road going 27-32 -8.8 units. We’ll take the Giants as home underdogs.