Bet on Nationals Avoiding NLDS Elimination vs. Giants Today

Jeff Grant

Monday, October 6, 2014 12:15 PM GMT

Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 12:15 PM GMT

The Washington Nationals are sending the perfect guy to the mound at AT&T Park Monday, which makes them a worthwhile MLB pick against the San Francisco Giants.

Elimination Game
Washington won an NL-high 96 games during the 2014 regular season, which provides it value when looking over the MLB odds, as it aims to become just the seventh team to overcome a 0-2 deficit and advance to the League Championship Series.

The Nationals need to start swinging the bats in hopes of extending this series, as it has put together a forgettable .160 batting average in the first two games at Nationals Park.

It’s important to point out that the franchise has gone 28-17 versus southpaw starters since the start of the year, with the 'under' going on a 6-1-2 run in that situation when playing on the road.

 

October Baseball
San Francisco has won 10 consecutive postseason games, which is a good enough reason to back the club as one of your MLB picks Monday, as its pitching staff has compiled a 0.90 ERA over that stretch.

The Giants own a 2-0 advantage in this series due to picking up a pair of wins in the nation’s capital, including an 18-inning Game 2 victory that was made possible by a rally in the top of the ninth.

MLB handicappers will find that the squad has split its 74 contests against teams with a winning record in 2014.

 

Fister
Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister (16-6, 2.41 ERA) ended the regular season on a four-game winning streak, which includes a 4-0 complete game shutout at home over the Miami Marlins.

The right-hander went 8-4 with a 3.05 ERA in 14 road games, with opposing hitters batting .287 against him (.196 at home).

Fister has put together a 3-1 record and 2.08 ERA in 15 career postseason appearances, and should motivated to continue that success due to being born in Merced, CA, and playing collegiately at Fresno State.

 

Bumgarner
Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (18-10, 2.98 ERA) will get his second taste of playoff baseball this season, as he registered a 8-0 road victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Wild Card round last Wednesday.

The left-hander was 7-6 with a 4.03 ERA in 15 home games during the season, with opposing hitters batting .260 against him (.224 on the road).

In seven lifetime efforts versus the Nationals, Bumgarner has gone 2-3 with a 2.60 ERA.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Nationals as one of their MLB playoff picks, as the Giants are 5-12 in Bumgarner’s last 17 trips to the mound at this ballpark with a betting total of 6.5 or lower.

Free MLB Pick: Washington Nationals +125 at 5Dimes

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