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Nationals vs Giants – 8/5/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Predictions

Washington Nationals vs San Francisco Giants Monday August 5, 2019 (9:45pm et) Current Odds: San Fran -124 Total Runs 8.5

Two teams in the heart of the National League wild-card race but struggling to keep pace will open a key three-game series Monday night when the visiting Washington Nationals take on the San Francisco Giants.

Both teams flew into San Francisco on Sunday night after losing games that cost them series, the Nationals dropping a 7-5 decision at Arizona while the Giants were falling 6-2 at Colorado.

They enter the three-game set separated by 2 1/2 games in the tightly bunched NL wild-card standings. The Nationals are tied with Philadelphia for the second wild-card spot, with the Giants residing in a tie with Arizona a half-game behind Milwaukee.

Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija (8-8, 3.75 ERA), coming off a strong month of July, is scheduled to duel Nationals righty Erick Fedde (1-2, 4.67), winless in his last seven starts, in the series opener.

Samardzija took the loss in a 9-6 defeat at Washington in an April series in which the Nationals took two of three. Juan Soto and Howie Kendrick homered off the San Francisco veteran.

The loss was the ninth of Samardzija’s career against the Nationals. Among active pitchers, only the New York Mets’ Zack Wheeler (4-10) has more defeats against Washington.

Samardzija has faced the Nationals 18 times in his career, 11 times as a starter, going 2-9 with a 4.80 ERA. The nine losses are his most against any team.

The 34-year-old was tough in July, going 4-1 with a 2.09 ERA in six starts as the Giants rallied from last place in the NL West into playoff contention.

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But since Samardzija last pitched, the Giants lost three of four to complete a 4-5 road trip.

Samardzija will have two new pieces in his infield since the last time he took the mound.

Third baseman Evan Longoria, who missed three weeks with a strained plantar fascia in his left foot, returned to go 1-for-4 in Sunday’s loss. The single gave him hits in 10 of his last 11 games sandwiching the injury.

The Giants also imported second baseman Scooter Gennett from Cincinnati at the trade deadline. He went 0-for-2 on Sunday after contributing an RBI double and two-run homer in his first two games for the team.

“Man, it feels great.” Gennett assured reporters Saturday of contributing to a playoff contender. “That’s what it’s all about. And this team … they play the game the right way.”

While the Giants have been adding players, the Nationals have been losing them during a stretch in which they’ve lost seven of 10. They suffered another setback over the weekend when Kendrick was placed on the injured list after experiencing a cramp in his upper left leg.

“Rather than pushing it, because he has had issues before with his hamstring, I want to be safe, and I’d rather him miss 10 days than miss two months,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez explained to reporters Sunday. “We just had a great conversation and I told him, ‘I’d rather not push it.'”

The Giants have never faced Fedde, who hasn’t won since May 26. In his seven starts since then, he’s gone 0-2 with a 6.21 ERA, capped by a nine-hit, nine-run implosion in just 3 2/3 innings in his last start against Atlanta.

411Winners Pick and Prediction: Washington +114

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