The Nationals go from the frying pan into the fire as they continue their tough West Coast road trip.

Following a four-game series in Arizona where they earned a split, the Nationals now move on to San Francisco to face the first-place Giants at AT&T Park.

John Lannan (3-5, 4.05) gets the call for Washington while Tim Lincecum (5-4, 2.59) takes the hill for the defending World Series champion Giants. First pitch is slated for 10:15 PM ET with SF heavy betting odds favorites to take the opener with the total holding at 6.

The Giants opened a 10-game home stand by taking two out of three from the Rockies. The two teams combined for a total of 10 runs in the series with the ‘under’ cashing in all three contests.

Jayson Werth batter Washington NationalsIn Sunday’s game the Giants prevailed 2-1 on the strength of another stellar outing from Ryan Vogelsong. The one-time mop-up man who hadn’t pitched in the majors since 2006, worked eight innings allowing one run and four hits with eight strikeouts to improve to 4-1. Brian Wilson got the final three outs for his 17th save of the season.

Vogelsong was inserted into the starting rotation when Barry Zito went on the disabled list with a foot injury. Now with Zito eyeing a mid-June return, the Giants will soon be facing a decision on what to do with Vogelsong. Most teams have an unwritten policy that a player shouldn’t lose his position to injury but if bettors had their way then they would no doubt opt to keep Vogelsong as the fifth-man. He’s 7th in the NL in starter baseball betting statistics (+465 units) compared to Zito who is in negative numbers (-196).

Bean Ball

Sunday in Arizona, the Nationals earned a wild, 11-inning victory beating the Diamondbacks 9-4. There were four hit batters and four ejections including managers Kirk Gibson and Jim Riggleman. Washington shortstop Danny Espinosa was plunked twice, Jayson Werth got hit for the third time in the series and Justin Upton notched his fourth HBP in four games. Baseball handicappers on Washington earned +152 thanks to the gritty victory.

Morse code

Nationals outfielder Michael Morse continues to shine. Following Sunday’s slam against the D-Backs, he’s now hitting .301 with eight homers and 30 RBI’s. Danny Espinoza is batting just .219 but he’s putting up some impressive power numbers with 10 home runs, four triples, seven doubles and a team high 33 runs batted in.

The Giants offense didn’t have much going on against the Rockies scoring just six runs on 17 hits in the three games. San Francisco remains mired near the bottom of the National League in hitting (.241) and scoring (3.59).

Tim Lincecum pitcher San Francisco GiantsTimmy Ballgame

Lincecum can claim ownership of just about every team in the league with the exception of the Nationals. He’s 1-2 lifetime with one of those setbacks coming on April 29 when he was the short end of a pitcher’s duel falling to Jason Marquis 3-0. Since that loss, Lincecum is 3-1 with a pair of no-decisions.

Lannan is coming off back-to-back performances against the Padres and Phillies in which he allowed one unearned run in a combined 13 innings. This will be his third career start against the Giants going 0-1 with a 1.98 ERA with the loss coming on April 30 when the Nationals managed just two hits in a 2-1 loss to Jonathan Sanchez.

Who has the edge?

San Francisco has won seven of the last nine meetings at AT&T Park but lost three of four in Washington in early May.

The Nationals, who have seven games remaining on their 11-game road trip, are just 11-24 away from Washington in 2011. They’re 7-16 against the Giants in the last 23 games with San Francisco in the midst of an 11-4 home streak.

The Giants are 11-3 in one run games which help explains a 24-35 record on the run line (-958).

There’s a 20 percent chance of rain tonight with temps in the 50’s for tonights matchup.