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MLB Betting Preview: Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants- June 10th, 2014

The Washington Nationals were able to do what many teams in Major League Baseball have been unable to do this season, and that’s beat the San Francisco Giants. The Giants have been dominant this season and have the best record in the MLB at 42-22, which is why the Nationals coming in on Monday and dominating 9-2 was even more impressive. The Giants are now trying to bounce back in a big way and get the job done behind their ace. This is going to be an incredibly tough game for the Nationals, regardless of how well they’re playing, and also how well they’ve played at times this season with their 33-29 record. This game starts at 10:15pm EST tonight.

The Washington Nationals are currently sitting in a tie with the Atlanta Braves for first place in the National League East after their impressive win on Monday. They got a great game from shortstop Ian Desmond, who put up five RBIs and led this team. They’ve actually won eight of their last ten games, and if you want even more impressive, look at the fact that they’ve outscored opponents 62-18 over that span. The Nationals are sending Doug Fister with a 4-1 record and his 3.19 ERA to the mound tonight, and he’s currently on a four game winning streak. Fister is an excellent starter, and could keep this hot streak going.

For the Giants, they get to send Madison Bumgarner to the mound, who has a 8-3 record with an impressive 2.68 ERA. This was the National League’s pitcher of the month last month, and he started off June in impressive fashion as well. His first start in June saw him hold Cincinnati to just one run over eight innings, and over his last seven starts he’s posted a 1.91 ERA. Bumgarner is incredibly good, and if anyone can slow down the surging Nationals then I think he could be the player who’s capable of doing that.

Consensus

There’s a few interesting stats to watch tonight, and the first is that the Nationals’ pitchers have been amazing lately, posting just a 1.23 ERA and racking up 51 strikeouts in the last seven games. On the other side though, the Giants have won nine of their last 11 home games. This is an incredibly tough game to call, and the Giants come in as -133 favorites. I believe that them losing yesterday will refocus them though, and I’m going to take the favorite in this one with Bumgarner leading the way.

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