The Washington Nationals will host the San Francisco Giants in the second game of a three-game set Wednesday evening from Nationals Park. The Giants will send 34-year old right-hander Jeff Samardzija to the mound, and the Nationals will counter with 32-year old right-hander Jeremy Hellickson. The Giants posted a 4-2 record against the Nationals this season.
Samardzija Shuts Out Rockies
Jeff Samardzija will make his fourth start of the season, hunting for his second straight victory. Samardzija was brilliant in his previous start, firing seven shutout innings of three-hit ball against the Rockies in a 1-0 Giants’ win. The veteran right-hander has limited his opponents to four runs (three earned) accompanied with a 1-0 record 16.2 innings of work on the season. Samardzija squandered six runs in 3.2 innings against the Nationals last season, and he holds a 2-8 record with a 4.63 ERA in 70 career innings against Washington.
The Giants offense has been an issue through the first few weeks of the season. Several players are stuck in a slump which includes Buster Posey. The 10-year veteran catcher is only hitting .213 and he has only recorded one RBI. Posey went 5 for 19 with one RBI against the Nationals last season.
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) April 15, 2019
The Giants are only averaging 2.76 runs per game, ranking them down at 29th in the Major Leagues. The San Francisco pitching staff is sporting a terrific 2.75 team ERA, good for third in all of baseball. The Giants are carrying a 2-5 away record heading into Tuesday’s action.
Hellickson Spins Gem in Win Over Phillies
Jeremy Hellickson will make his third appearance and second start of the season in this one. Hellickson enters this contest with confidence after tossing six scoreless innings in Philadelphia in his previous start in a game the Nats won by a 15-1 score. The experienced right-hander also saw the Phillies in his first outing and he yielded two runs in two innings in that one. Hellickson has fared well against the Giants in his career, recording a 3.29 ERA and a 2-2 record in 27.1 innings. Brandon Belt is 3 for 8 against Hellickson, while Buster Posey is 1 for 10, and Brandon Crawford is 5 for 13.
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— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 14, 2019
Anthony Rendon remains one of the hottest hitters in the Majors, smashing four home runs along with 12 RBI’s in his last eight games. The 28-year old third baseman now features a dazzling .400 batting average with six home runs and 17 RBI’ on the season. Rendon went 2 for 11 with two RBI’s against the Giants last season.
The Nationals stand fifth in the Majors with an average of 5.93 runs per game. The Washington pitching staff holds a poor 5.00 team ERA, pegging them 21st in the big leagues. The Nationals own a 3-5 home record heading into Tuesday’s action.
The San Francisco Giants are:
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The Washington Nationals are:
- 1-4 in their last 5 games against a starter with a WHIP below 1.15.
- 2-5 in their last 7 games against the NL West.