Free MLB Pick for Nationals vs. Giants Game 2

Joe Catalano

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 1:51 PM GMT

Tuesday, Jun. 10, 2014 1:51 PM GMT

The Washington Nationals (33-29) have to feel good about their 9-2 trouncing of the National League West Division leading San Francisco Giants (42-22), but today is a different day and Stephen Strasburg won’t be pitching tonight.

First pitch is set for 10:15 pm ET tonight at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. This game can be seen on MLB TV.

According to 5 Dimes Sportsbook, the Giants are a -133 betting favorite and the total for the game is listed at a mere 6.5 runs.

San Francisco has been outstanding all season. Is payback in order for tonight after the beating that Strasburg administered to Giants offense?

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Bumgarner vs. Fister
As the betting total indicates, this game is likely to be a pitching duel as both starting pitchers have gotten off to really fast starts this season.

Doug Fister (4-1, 3.19), who we’re used to seeing in a Detroit Tigers uniform, hasn’t allowed more than 2 runs in his last 5 starts. If it wasn’t for a poor start in his first outing of the season, Fister would be sporting a sub 2.00 ERA. Regardless, Doug Fister has found a home in the nation’s capital.

Madison Bumgarner (8-3, 2.68) is a huge reason why the San Francisco Giants are off to such a fast start to the season. The Giants have always been a winning team due to their top-rated pitching and Bumgarner is part of the equation.

In 5 out of his last 7 starts, Bumgarner has allowed 1 run or less to his opponents. He’s also won his last 6 decisions. Immediately, I’m thinking there are two possible plays in this game; under the total or San Francisco moneyline.

 

Buster Posey
While Michael Morse (13 HR, 42 RBI, .275BA) has been the hard hitter of this San Francisco offense that ranks 8th in the league in runs, Buster Posey is the heart of the club and possesses the most talent. The numbers don’t tell the story (8 HR, 29 RBI, .271 BA), but Posey is the player in this lineup that comes up with the big hits and has been on a tear as of late.

He’s currently on a 7 game hitting streak and has hit .367 in the month of June. The Giants have a good combination of power and timely hitting with the core of Posey, Morse, and Hunter Pence.

Pence  loves it so much in San Francisco that he took less money to play there and it’s certainly worked out for the right fielder.

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Ian Desmond
The Nationals shortstop has had a very unusual season in that his batting average (.238) has taken a dramatic drop, but his power numbers have skyrocketed.

On the season, Desmond has 13 HR and 42 RBI. Without Bryce Harper in the lineup, the Nats will certainly take power from the shortstop position. Desmond had a huge night last night in which he was 3 for 5 with a triple and 5 runs batted in. He’s also hitting .348 during the last week with 3 HR and 10 RBI.

Ian Desmond is a lot better hitter than his batting average indicates and near the bottom of the Nats order, gives Washington a well-rounded offense in which there are no weak spots in their lineup.

 

Outcome
Although the total is a bit low at 6.5 runs, both of these pitchers are outstanding and their offenses aren’t powerful to withstand a well- pitched game. Take the under.

MLB Pick: Washington/ San Francisco Under 6.5/-113 at 5 Dimes

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