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San Francisco Giants vs. Washington Nationals Free Total Pick

Time: 7:05 PM EST Friday August 22, 2014 MASN

Location: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C

The Washington Nationals host the San Francisco Giants in a National League match up.

In their last games: The Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0 and the Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 5-3.

Arizona committed a throwing error in the 9th inning to allow the Nationals to score the lone run in the game.

San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner struck out 12 batters and settled down after giving up 3 runs in the first inning for the 5-3 Giants win.

The Nationals are 3-1 facing the Giants this season.

Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The Nationals are riding a 10-game winning streak.

The Giants are 0-4 in Tim Hudson’s last 4 starts as an underdog.

The Nationals are 7-1 in Doug Fister’s last 8 home starts.

The Nationals are 7-1 in their last 8 home games against the Giants.

Pitching Match Up

San Francisco: Tim Hudson (8-9, 3.03 ERA)
Washington: Doug Fister (12-3, 2.20 ERA)

Betting Odds

Money Line: Nationals -147 /Giants +137
Run Line: Nationals -1.5 +150
Total Line: Under 7 -105

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records

San Francisco Giants: 67-59 SU / O/U 59-60 / Run Line W/L 63-63
Washington Nationals: 73-53 SU / O/U 61-54 / Run Line W/L 61-65

Key Betting Trends

• SF is 4-1 in their last 5 overall.
• SF is 2-5 in their last 7 road games.
• SF has an Under record of 10-4-1 in their last 15 road games.
• WASH is 20-7 in their last 27 home games.
• WASH is 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.
• WASH has an Over record of 7-2-2 in their last 11 home games.

Key Player Injuries

GIANTS

Ehire Adrianza Strained right hamstring on 15-day DL(7/25)
Brandon Belt Concussion on 7-day DL(8/8)
Matt Cain Right elbow surgery – out for season on 15-day DL(7/11)
Hector Sanchez Concussion on 15-day DL(7/26)
Marco Scutaro Strained lower back on 15-day DL(7/25

NATIONALS

Erik Davis Sprained right elbow on 60-day DL(2/13)
Taylor Jordan Right elbow soreness on 60-day DL(8/5)
Nate McLouth Right shoulder surgery – out for season on 15-day DL(8/2)
Ross Ohlendorf Right lumbar strain on 60-day DL(3/21)
Matt Purke Recovery from left elbow surgery on 60-day DL(7/25)
Steven Souza Jr. Left shoulder contusion on 15-day DL(8/10)
Ryan Zimmerman Strained right hamstring – out 6-8 weeks on 15-day DL(7/23)

Run Line Pick:

Washington is certainly on a roll; winners of 10 consecutive games. They have arguably one of the top 3 pitchers in baseball on the mound tonight but I just can’t lay -145 on anyone. Giants’ starter Tim Hudson coming off a rough start in his latest where he gave up 5 earned runs in 4 innings at home against Philadelphia. However, he has pitched well over the last month or so registering 6 QS and holding the opposition to 3 or fewer runs in 7 of his 9 starts. Hudson has been better on the road this year with a 75% QS and 2.42 ERA and he’s dominated Washington over the last two seasons allowing 2 runs in 28 1/3 innings over 4 starts. With the recent and historical numbers of both starters taking a position on the total is the logical way to go.

Take the UNDER 7 -105‏

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