Bet Under 6.5 in Giants vs. Nationals Game 1 NLDS

Jeff Grant

Friday, October 3, 2014 11:39 AM GMT

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 11:39 AM GMT

The San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals played some high-scoring games during the regular season, but expect a different outcome when making your MLB postseason picks Friday.

Battle Tested
San Francisco has won eight consecutive postseason games dating back to 2012 World Series championship run, which can’t be ignored when making your MLB playoff picks Friday afternoon at Nationals Park, as the club reached this spot by advancing past the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Giants were certainly fortunate to reach this stage due to their mediocre 41-40 record during the second half of the season, but they must be respected due to their stellar 23-9 playoff mark under manager Bruce Bochy.

It’s important to point out that the squad split six games as road underdogs of +150 to +175 on MLB odds dating back to the regular season, with no clear edge in terms of the betting total (3-3 Over/Under).

 

A Long Wait
Washington hasn’t played a competitive game since its regular-season finale Sunday, which is important to consider when looking over the future odds of winning the NL pennant, as the franchise may appear rusty in the early going.

The Nationals have a goal of scoring four or more runs in each game of this best-of-five series, as they registered a 74-11 mark when reaching that number during the regular season, with a lot of that success attributed to possessing the best overall pitching staff in the Majors.

Since the start of the 2012 campaign, the team is 26-9 as home favorites of -175 to -200, with the 'under' going 18-17 in that situation.

 

Peavy
Giants starting pitcher Jake Peavy (7-13, 3.73 ERA) led the NL Wild Card champions to victory in his last six trips to the mound, but he didn’t earn a decision in a 3-1 home win over the San Diego Padres last Saturday—giving up a single run and four hits over five innings of work.

The right-hander went 4-8 with a 4.60 ERA in 16 road appearances during his time with the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco, with opposing hitters batting .272 against him (.242 at home).

Peavy has compiled a forgettable 9.27 postseason ERA over the course of his career.

 

Strasburg
Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (14-11, 3.14 ERA) won his final three outings of the regular season, as he allowed just 10 hits over 20 scoreless innings over that span.

The right-hander went 9-3 with a 2.56 ERA in 18 home games, with opposing hitters batting .231 against him (.262 on the road).

Strasburg has put together a perfect 3-0 record and 3.10 ERA in five career appearances versus the Giants, as he prepares to participate in playoff baseball for the first time.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of my free MLB picks, as the 'under' is 12-6-1 in the Giants’ last 19 games as road underdogs of +150 to +175

Free MLB Pick: Under 6.5 at Pinnacle

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