Giants vs. Nationals: Grab The Home Dog For Rubber Game Finale Between NL Powers

Swinging Johnson

Sunday, August 7, 2016 2:34 PM UTC

Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 2:34 PM UTC

The Giants and Nationals will battle this afternoon in the rubber match of their three-game set in Washington. Let's review the MLB odds and cash a ticket.

San Francisco Giants vs Washington Nationals
It's a rare talent indeed that can handicap each and every game of a four-game set and lose each and every one. That's what happened to me when the Mets and Yankees dueled in a home-and-home series earlier this week. After Thursday night's loss, I shut 'er down and decided a brief sabbatical was in order.

We are determined to end this shame spiral as my MLB picks have been tanking for the last two weeks. After over half a season of tearing the books a new one, I have had made more mistakes than Donald Trump at a Black Muslim rally, in this relatively short span. Let's go back to the drawing board and review the MLB odds between two of the best clubs in all of baseball, the San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals. If you've been on the fade train since I have been floundering, I suggest you get off today because I'll be counting my money after this one is through.


Giants' Ace Bumgarner Starts
The Giants have been struggling of late, dropping 14 of their last 20 games. The team holds a tenuous grip on first-place in the NL West, with the Dodgers in their rearview mirrors. Therefore it was a welcome sense of relief when they rebounded from a 5-1 series opening loss to the Nationals with a 7-1 victory last night.

San Francisco will turn to their ace Madison Bumgarner (10-6, 2.31 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) to capture this series finale. Bumgarner was uncharacteristically ineffective in his last appearance when he allowed eight runs (four earned) on 10 hits in a 13-8 loss to the lowly Philadelphia Phillies. Despite Bumgarner's impressive numbers this season, his run support has been sorely lacking. The Giants have lost five of his last six starts but look to turn that around with a repeat of last night's offensive performance.


Roark gets Tapped for Rubber Game
Tanner Roark (11-6, 3.07 ERA, 1.19 WHIP) has morphed from a lowly 25th round pick of the Texas Rangers to a premier pitching threat in one of the finest rotations in all of baseball. Roark is coming off another strong performance in which he held the Diamondbacks to three runs in six plus innings of work which resulted in a 10-4 Nationals' victory in the desert.

The 29-year-old product of the University of Illinois is 4-0 with a 3.32 ERA in five games (including two starts) against San Francisco. He last faced the Giants on July 28th and held them to only one run on four hits in the Nats' 4-2 win at AT&T Park. Roark has given up zero runs through seven innings, a league-leading six times this season.


Betting Analysis
The Nats lost last night but that was the result of a herculean effort by the Giants' newly acquired Eduardo Nunez, who torched Stephen Strasburg for a pair of doubles and a triple. Nunez crossed the plate three times and San Francisco got a much needed road victory. I am certain Nunez will not repeat that impressive feat this afternoon...or ever for that matter. Washington's Daniel Murphy is the league's best hitter and Bryce Harper got a rest after the seventh inning last night. He should return to the park refreshed and ready to go.

The Giants have not seen much of Roark but when they have seen him, the three-year man has delivered. Roark is 2-0 when starting against the Giants with an ERA of 2.08 and a WHIP of 1.077. His team's record is 2-0 (+2.3 units) in these starts. Conversely, Madison Bumgarner has not fared well at Nationals Park with a 1-3 record and a 5.00 ERA in his five starts in Washington. Let's grab the home dog here and get back on track.


Free MLB Pick: Nationals +109 
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline
Swinger’s MLB Record: 58-34, +22.66 units

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