Nats Shoot for Sweep of Giants
Washington has taken the first two games of this series in DC by scores of 9-3 and 9-4, winning as -135 favorites Tuesday and -105 faves Wednesday.
So Washington, at an NL-best 47-32, leads the NL East by 4.5 games over the second-place Mets, while San Francisco, at 45-37, trails the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers by a half-game in the NL West.
The Nationals have now won six of their last eight games, while the Giants have lost four of their last five.
Ross Detwiler, Washington’s starter Thursday, is just two-for-11 on quality starts this year. Most recently the lefty gave up four runs in 6 2/3 innings vs. the Atlanta Braves last Friday, although the Nats won that game. But prior to that, including a string of relief appearances, Detwiler had allowed just two earned runs over his previous 18 1/3 innings of work.
Meanwhile, Matt Cain, San Francisco’s starter Thursday, is 10-for-16 on quality starts this year, and the Giants have won 11 of his starts. But he is coming off one of his rougher outings of this season, after getting clipped for five runs on 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings in a loss to the Reds last Friday. But for the year Cain has allowed just 85 hits in 114 innings, walked just 23 and struck out 114.
Cain started twice last year vs. Washington, and held them to three ER in 15 innings.
San Francisco is a .500 team this season vs. right-handed starting pitchers, but 16-8 vs. left-handed starters.
Bookmaker is also offering the Giants at +140 on its baseball betting run line, while the Nationals are getting the run and a half while giving -160.
The last time Cain got kicked around a bit, about six weeks ago in a game at Milwaukee, he came back with four straight quality starts, including that perfect game vs. Houston. So we’ll back San Francisco to stave off the sweep Thursday.