The San Francisco Giants take on the Washington Nationals, get our expert MLB Pick and preview below:
San Francisco finished the second-half of June on a tear with a 7-3 record that included a three-game sweep of Los Angeles. Combined with the Dodgers’ sudden slide, the Giants are now in first-place in the NL West at 45-35 heading into this series. They are 26-16 at home but an even 19-19 on the road. The total has stayed ‘under’ in six of their last eight games.
Tim Lincecum went through a major rough patch this season, but showed some solid signs of working his way out of it with seven innings of scoreless pitching in his last start. Overall, the right-hander is 3-8 in 16 previous starts with an ERA of 5.60. Hopefully he can count on some run support from a San Francisco Giants lineup that is averaging 3.96 runs a game on the season, but over four runs a game in its last 10.
Washington is 5-5 in its last 10 games, but still leading Atlanta in the NL East by 3.5 games. The Nationals took two of three from the Braves over the weekend to move to 45-32 on the year. They are 25-18 on the road this season and 20-14 at home. The total has gone ‘over’ in five of their last six games.
Pitching remains Washington’s strong suit with a NL-best 3.19 team ERA, but its bats are also starting to click. The Nationals are ranked seventh in the league in hitting with a .248 team batting average and ranked 11th in total runs scored, but they have banged-out a total of 51 runs in their last six games. Jordan Zimmermann is slated to get the start on Tuesday night. He is 4-6 on the year with a 2.77 ERA. The right-hander has not allowed more than three earned runs in each of his last three starts and gave-up just one run in seven innings his last time out. Lifetime against the Giants, he is 2-1 with a 3.60 ERA.
Despite Lincecum’s encouraging performance his last time out, stick with the Nationals in this matchup as their bats stay hot while Zimmermann keeps the Giants at bay. Washington 5 San Francisco 3