MLB Betting: Division Leaders Clash & Bats Will Connect When Giants Host Nationals

Sunday, July 31, 2016 3:45 PM UTC

Sunday, Jul. 31, 2016 3:45 PM UTC

A betting preview on Sunday’s Washington and San Francisco game from our ace MLB betting expert. Go inside to read this informative and get his exclusive MLB pick.

Sunday Showdown between NL Division Leaders
The Nationals and Giants conclude a four-game series on Sunday afternoon. The first pitch from AT&T Park in San Francisco is slated for 4:05 PM ET. Washington took the first two games of the series by scores of 4-2 on and 4-1. San Francisco was able to rebound on Saturday for a 5-3 win. All three of those games stayed under the total. Current MLB odds at Heritage indicates that Washington is a -118 money line favorite, and the posted total is 8.0


The Nationals
Despite having their 3-game win streak come to an end on Saturday, division leading Washington still maintains a comfortable 5.0 game lead over second-place Miami in the NL East. After sustaining a 7-game losing streak in late June, Washington has gone a rock solid 18-11 since that time. The Nationals are a more than respectable 30-22 (.577) during away games in 2016. They’re also 20-14 (58.8%) over the total this year during day games.


Giants Temporary Halt to Struggles
San Francisco earned a much-needed win on Saturday. Despite that positive result, the NL West Division leaders have gone a dismal 3-11 over its last fourteen games and have seen the Dodgers trim their lead to just 2.0 games. They can take solace in knowing, they’re 31-21 (.596) at home, 24-13 (.649) when facing left-handed starting pitchers like it’ll be doing today, and have gone 24-12 (.667) during day games this season.


Starting Pitchers
Veteran southpaw Gio Gonzalez gets the nod for Washington on Sunday. He’s endured a somewhat disappointing season thus far. However, he’s displayed good form over his last three starts, proven by a 2.50 ERA and 1.11 through that time period. Nonetheless, Washington has gone 8-12 this year with Gonzalez as their starter, and that includes 3-7 in away games (4.63 ERA).

Speaking of veterans, Matt Cain will be on the mound for San Francisco this afternoon. Cain has shown horrible form over his last three starts, evidenced by an enormous 9.53 ERA and 2.12 WHIP over that course of time. Since 2015, San Francisco is 10-1 over the total during the second half of the season when Cain starts.


Final Take and Pick
According to MLB betting trends at TheGreek, 92% of total wagers have sided with going under. As a result, we’ve seen several major sportsbooks go from an opening total of 8.5 to 8.0. I’m going to be in the small minority when making one of my Sunday MLB picks, and will predict this game to be a high-scoring affair.

Free MLB Pick: Over 8 (-115)
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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