The San Francisco Giants (45-36) and Washington Nationals (46-32) will continue a three-game National League series on Wednesday morning at Nationals Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 11:05 ET

San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals 

The Washington Nationals have been swinging the bats in their last seven games

San Francisco dropped a 9-3 decision to Washington on Tuesday night, and has now lost six of its last nine games on the road.  The Giants will be playing 12 road games over their next 15 days, as they try to stay atop the NL West division.  Offensively, the team has managed to total just nine runs in losing three of its last four games, while hitting .186 with runners in scoring position over its last seven contests.  San Francisco is 5-8 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125, with the “over” going 10-3 in that situation.

Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (10-4, 2.85 ERA) has won his last five decisions, including a 5-0 complete game victory over the Cincinnati Reds at home last time out, giving up just a single hit and striking out eight.  The left-hander is 4-3 with a 3.72 ERA in nine road outings this year, serving up eight home runs in 58 combined frames.  In two career starts versus the Nationals, Bumgarner has garnered a 1-1 record and 0.69 ERA, issuing just a single walk and collecting 13 strikeouts in 13 innings.

Washington has come alive at the plate, scoring 60 combined runs over its last seven games, with outfielder Michael Morse leading the way in getting hits in 15 of his last 32 at-bats.  “If they keep hitting the way they’re hitting, I don’t see why we can’t run away with this in the second half,” stated Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmerman.  That’s certainly a true statement, considering the club leads the majors in ERA from its vaunted pitching staff.  Washington is 7-3 at home with a money line of -100 to -125, while posting a 15-13 record in daytime affairs.

Nationals starting pitcher Edwin Jackson (4-4, 3.57 ERA) has watched the club alternate wins and losses over his last four outings, as he didn’t pick up a decision in a 11-10 setback on the road to the Colorado Rockies last time out.  The right-hander allowed eight runs on 10 hits in just three innings of work in that effort.  In four career games (three starts) versus the Giants, Jackson has tallied a 1-2 record and 4.29 ERA.

Bettors will likely back the Giants due to their 22-4 record in Bumgarner’s last 26 starts as a favorite, while the Nationals have dropped five consecutive games as a home underdog.

Pick:  San Francisco Giants -110

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