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Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants Predictions, Picks and MLB Preview – May 31, 2017

Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants Predictions, Picks and MLB Preview – May 31, 2017


Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants Betting Preview

Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco

When: Wednesday, May 30, 2017, 10:15 PM ET

Line: Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants – view all MLB lines

TV Broadcast: ESPN

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Betting on the Washington Nationals

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For the last game of this testy three-game series, the Nationals are sending Mad Max to the mound. Max Scherzer was straight up fire on the mound the last time he took it, giving up just an earned run on three hits in 8.2 inning of a 5-1 home win over San Diego on May 26. And oh, he also struck out 13 Padres that day.

On the season, Scherzer is 5-3 with a 2.77 ERA across 10 starts. He is 3-1 with a 2.60 ERA in five road starts. Known to be a strikeout machine, Scherzer has been dealing a ton of K’s lately with 49 fanned hitters in his last 34.2 innings on the mound.

The Nationals’ offense will be missing Bryce Harper for the second game in a row after the star outfielder was suspended for four games due to his role in the melee that erupted in the series opener. Harper’s a big loss, but the Nationals are still capable of weathering his absence. The Nats lead the majors in runs and batting average.

Betting on the San Francisco Giants

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It’s been hot and cold for Matt Cain this season. Cain, who is 3-3 with a 4.45 ERA in 10 starts this year, is coming off a fantastic outing despite taking an L during a 2-0 home setback to Atlanta on May 26.

Cain entered that game on the heels of a bad start in an 8-3 road loss to St. Louis in which he allowed seven runs in 5.1 innings five days prior. He recovered by pitching seven innings and giving up just one earned run to the Braves, but it wasn’t enough for him to carry the Giants to a win.

Of Cain’s 10 starts this season, there were seven games in which he’s surrendered two runs or fewer. He gave up four, nine, and seven runs in the other three outings.

In any case, the Giants’ offense has a tough task of getting to Scherzer. Denard Span is the only Giants hitter on the lineup that has hit better than .250 off Scherzer with a .273 average (6-for-22 with a homer).

Writer’s Prediction

Washington wins, 5-2.

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