MLB Picks: Bet Nationals +126 vs. Giants

Jeff Grant

Monday, May 20, 2013 12:25 PM GMT

Monday, May. 20, 2013 12:25 PM GMT

Find out why we are backing the Washington Nationals at +126 with our MLB picks tonight when they visit the San Francisco Giants tonight.


Both the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals will look to end their respective losing streaks Monday, as the two teams open up a three-game series at AT&T Park.

Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this National League matchup, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:15 p.m. ET.

Check out our Monday Morning MLB Odds & Betting Lines Report

Hammered 

Washington’s starting rotation entered Sunday ranked second in MLB with a 3.07 ERA, but the club suffered a 13-4 setback to the San Diego Padres as +126 road underdogs, while going OVER the total for the third time in four contests. 

The Nationals are 35-25 on the road with a betting total between 8 and 8.5, with the OVER going 30-26-4 in that situation. 

Glad to be home

San Francisco finished its six-game road trip with a disappointing 1-5 record, as it suffered a 5-0 shutout loss to the Colorado Rockies as +126 underdogs Sunday, while going UNDER the total for the first time in that span. 

The Giants are 15-7 at home during the 2013 MLB campaign, with the OVER going 12-9-1 in those 22 opportunities.   

Duke

Zach Duke (0-0, 8.40 ERA) is set to make his first start since July 10, 2011, as he’s spent the early portion of the season as a long reliever in the Nationals bullpen—making nine overall appearances. 

In 10 career games (eight starts) versus the Giants, Duke has tallied a 2-3 record and 3.79 ERA, including a 1-0 mark and 1.08 ERA in four outings (three starts) at this venue. 

Vogelsong 

Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong (1-4, 8.06 ERA) has lost his last three decisions, including an 11-3 setback on the road to the Toronto Blue Jays, as he allowed eight runs (three earned) and six hits over two frames.

The right-hander is 0-2 with a 9.28 ERA in four home appearances, with opposing hitters batting .348 against him.

In five career games (one start) versus the Nationals, Vogelsong has compiled a 0-1 record and 7.59 ERA, but hasn’t served up a home run in 10.2 combined innings.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Nationals as one of their MLB picks Monday, as Vogelsong has surrendered 11 round trippers in 41.1 innings of work this season.

Washington has won five of the last six meetings in this series, while San Francisco is 32-42 when taking on NL East competition the last two-plus seasons. 

MLB Pick:  Washington Nationals +126 at Bet365

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