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Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 7:05pm EDT
Written by Adam Rauzino

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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.

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.

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.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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I am siding with the Giants in this contest. The Giants continue to receive outstanding pitching which has led to them winning three out of their last four games heading into Tuesday’s action. Giants’ starter Jeff Samardzija enters this one with a ton of momentum after tossing seven shutout innings against the Rockies in his previous performance.

Furthermore, the Nationals have cooled off at the plate, scoring only a combined nine runs in their last three games heading into Tuesday’s game, and they are below .500 on their home field.

Prediction: San Francisco Giants

Full-Game Total Pick

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The under is a solid play in this matchup. The Nationals could have a hard time scoring against Jeff Samardzija, plus the under is 4-1 in his last five starts. Also, they will be up against an outstanding bullpen. The Giants’ bullpen leads the Majors with a dazzling 1.77 ERA.

Moreover, the Giants haven’t been scoring many runs, scoring three or fewer runs in four out of their last five games heading into Tuesday. The under is 21-7-2 in the last 30 meetings between these two teams, and I expect that trend to resume in this one.

Prediction: Under

Full-Game Prop Bet

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The under on the Nationals team total is a strong option. The Giants limited the Nationals to only three runs in Tuesday’s victory, and they feature a sharp 2.69 team ERA on the road this season. Also, the Giants have only allowed a combined 11 runs in their last four games.

Prediction: Nationals Team Total Under

First Five Innings Prop Prediction

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I expect a scoreless first inning. The Giants have yet to score a single run in the first inning this season through 18 games. Also, Giants starter Jeff Samardzija has only conceded one run in the first inning through his first three starts.

Prediction: A Run in the First Inning No

Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about about various sports as well as personal finance. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.