It’s the continuation of a weekend set between National League opponents on the diamond in the nation’s capital. The San Francisco Giants are on the road as they play the second game of a four-game series with the Washington Nationals Friday night. San Francisco closed a brief two-game interleague set on the road with the Rangers Wednesday afternoon, ending up with a split as they fell 4-3 in 11 innings. Washington closed a two-game interleague set on the road with the Rays Wednesday night and finished with a split after prevailing 9-7 in 11 innings. The pitching matchup for the series opener Thursday night saw Anthony DeSclafani take the mound for the Giants against the Nationals’ Max Scherzer. First pitch at Nationals Park was slated for 7:05 pm ET.
San Francisco Giants Fighting for NL West Top SpotSan Francisco let one slip away on Wednesday as they gave up the tying run in the bottom of the ninth before falling in the 11th inning. The Giants entered Thursday with a two-game lead over the Dodgers for the top spot in the NL West race. Chadwick Tromp (run, RBI) was the lone player with two hits for San Francisco, who had just five in the game. Tromp (his first) and Jason Vosler (his third) each hit solo homers for the Giants in a losing effort. Zack Littell didn’t factor in the decision as the opener. He threw a scoreless inning, allowing no hits with a walk and a strikeout. Jake McGee (1-2) took the loss as he allowed one run (none earned) on one hit with one walk and no strikeouts in two-thirds of an inning.
Texas two-step 💪 pic.twitter.com/90UGpZ36QK— SFGiants (@SFGiants) June 9, 2021
Kevin Gausman gets the call for his 13th start of the season for the Giants in this contest looking to keep rolling. He comes in 7-0 with a 1.27 ERA, a 0.76 WHIP, 16 walks and 93 strikeouts over 77.2 innings of work this season. Gausman earned the win in his last start, which came Saturday at home against the Cubs. He threw seven innings, allowing two runs (none earned) on two hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts in a game the Giants won 4-3. In his last three starts, Gausman is 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA, a 0.61 WHIP, two walks and 26 strikeouts over 18 innings of work. Gausman makes his 10th career appearance and ninth start against the Nationals in this contest. He comes in 5-2 with a 5.24 ERA, a 1.478 WHIP, 14 walks and 28 strikeouts over 44.2 innings of work. Gausman is 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA, a 1.556 WHIP, seven walks and eight strikeouts over 18 innings in four career appearances, three starts, at Nationals Park.
Washington Nationals Trying to Gain Ground in Mediocre NL EastWashington managed to overcome blowing multiple leads as they prevailed in extra innings to win for just the second time in six games. The Nationals entered Thursday fourth in the NL East race, seven games behind the Mets for the top spot in the division. On Wednesday, Washington led 5-3 after six innings and 7-5 heading to the bottom of the 10th, only to have to play on. Ryan Zimmermann (two runs, three RBI), Starlin Castro (run, RBI) and Victor Robles each had two hits in the win. Zimmermann (his seventh and eighth) homered twice while Juan Soto (his eighth) also went deep in the contest. Patrick Corbin didn’t factor in the decision despite throwing five innings: he allowed three runs on three hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Brad Hand (3-2) earned the win by throwing two innings of work, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Tanner Rainey worked the 11th, allowing no runs on no hits with a walk and two strikeouts, to earn his first save.
soto...shimmy? pic.twitter.com/LSFvoF2aqI— Cut4 (@Cut4) June 9, 2021
Erick Fedde gets the call on the hill for the Nationals in this one as he is slated to make his 9th start of the season as he is expected to come off the COVID-19 list here. He comes in 3-4 with a 4.35 ERA, a 1.246 WHIP, 18 walks and 36 strikeouts over 39.1 innings of action on the year. Fedde earned the win in his last start, which came May 16 on the road against the Diamondbacks. He threw seven frames, allowing no runs on three hits with two walks and four strikeouts in a game the Nationals won 3-0. In his last three starts, Fedde is 1-2 with a 4.24 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP, seven walks and 11 strikeouts over 17 innings of work. Fedde makes his second career start against the Giants in this contest having won his previous matchup against them, which came on the road back on August 5, 2019. He threw six scoreless frames, allowing six hits with no walks and two strikeouts in a 4-0 Nationals victory. Fedde is 4-12 with a 6.05 ERA, a 1.67 WHIP, 62 walks and 89 strikeouts over 129.1 innings in 32 career appearances, 24 starts, at Nationals Park.
The top trends for this contest are:
- Giants are 4-0 in Gausman's last 4 starts
- Giants are 4-0 in Gausman's last 4 starts on grass
- Nationals are 1-7 in their last 8 games vs. a right-handed starter
- Nationals are 1-5 in their last 6 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15
- Nationals are 0-4 in their last 4 home games
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
Gausman has allowed no more than one earned run in any of his last nine starts and in 11 of his 12 outings this season. While that means regression might be coming, it’s hard to gauge when that might happen. While he allowed two runs against the Cubs in his last start, they were both unearned, keeping his streak intact. Washington has struggled in all facets, both at the plate and on the mound, this season. Part of that can be chalked up to injuries but there have been plenty of guys that haven’t lived up to expectations. Fedde hasn’t pitched in more than three weeks, likely will be on a pitch count and the bullpen did a lot of heavy lifting Wednesday. It’s going to be an uphill climb for the Nationals. Give the advantage to the Giants as they prevail in this contest.
Full-Game Total Pick
San Francisco has seen the over post a 30-29-2 mark on the season entering Thursday’s contest. The Giants are 9th in the majors in runs per game as they put up 4.85 runs per game this season. San Francisco is fourth as they allow only 3.64 runs per game, giving them a total of 8.49 runs per contest this season. Washington has seen the under post a 37-18-3 mark in their contests entering Thursday, giving them the highest under percentage in the league. The Nationals stand just 25th in the majors with an average of 3.88 runs per contest on the year. Washington is 16th in run prevention by allowing 4.41 runs a night on the season. That puts the Nationals at an average total of 8.29 runs per game on the season. With the way Gausman has been pitching, don’t expect a ton of runs here. This one ends up short of the mark.