The MLB is set up with a total of fifteen games on the board for Wednesday. A lot of great afternoon games are playing, including the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants. These two teams have not had great seasons, but could still make a playoff push in these last couple months. The Nationals and the Giants game will be on at around 3:45 PM Eastern time.
The Nationals have earned a record of 60-53 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in second place of the NL East. Washington is behind the Atlanta Braves six games for the top spot in the division. The Nationals have won three of their last five games and will look to add their third straight win with another victory against the Giants on the road.
San Francisco has a record of 56-58 to this point in the season, which has them in third place of the NL West. The Giants have hit a bit of a wall as of late, losing three games in a row and five of their last six games. San Francisco will look to try and climb back to even by earning a win in the final game of this three-game series against Washington.
The Nationals and the Giants have both struggled a bit throughout this season, but both teams could make a playoff push if they kick it into gear in these last couple months. San Francisco has been doing well since the All-Star break until this last stretch of games. The Giants will look to avoid being swept in this home series with a much-needed win on Wednesday afternoon.
The first three-game series between these two teams was all the way back on April 16-18 in Washington. Evan Longoria, Steven Duggar, and Brandon Belt all hit home runs in the first game to lead the Giants to a big 7-3 win. Matt Adams hit a three-run homer and Kurt Suzuki hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning to help lead the Nationals to a 9-6 win in the second game. Patrick Corbin pitched seven and two-thirds innings in the final game, allowing two hits and one run as the Nationals won 4-2.
The first game of this series in San Francisco was on August 5. Erick Freddie had a strong performance for Washington as he pitched six innings and allowed six hits and no runs. The Nationals were able to pull off the shutout in route to a 4-0 win.
The second game of this series was last night. Kurt Suzuki hit a two-run homer in the third inning and finished with three RBI’s for the Nationals. Trea Turner added a home run of his own in the fifth inning to help lead Washington to a 5-3 win on the road. Anibal Sanchez pitched six innings, allowing only four hits and two runs for the Nationals.
Washington has dominated the overall series with the Giants so far this season. The Nationals have been able to win four of their five games this season against San Francisco. With this final game being in San Francisco, the Giants will look to finish out their season series with the Nationals with a win in front of their home fans.
Anthony Rendon has put up a strong season for the Nationals this season. Rendon has earned 117 hits, 24 home runs, 87 RBI’s and an OPS of 1.007. Adam Eaton has 115 hits, while Juan Soto has put up 107 hits, 21 home runs and 71 RBI’s. Trea Turner, Victor Robles, Brian Dozier, Matt Adams, and Kurt Suzuki all have double-digit home runs this season as well.
The Giants have not been quite as strong when it comes to hitting. Kevin Pillar has earned 100 hits, 13 home runs and 56 RBI’s. Brandon Belt has put up 87 hits, 12 home runs and 38 RBI’s on the season. Joe Panik and Brandon Crawford both have 81 hits, but Crawford has 47 RBI’s, while Panik only has 27 RBI’s. Pablo Sandoval, Evan Longoria, and Mike Yastrzemski all have double-digit home runs this season as well.
Washington has put up a much stronger season this season when it comes to hitting. The Nationals have a lot of players down their lineup that can earn hits. San Francisco will need a strong night from their pitcher to try and slow them down. The Giants have earned more hits then Washington in this series and will look to keep it up.
Joe Ross will start for the Nationals on Wednesday afternoon. Ross has put up a record of 1-3 through 2 starts and 20 games played. In those games, he has an ERA of 8.10 and a WHIP of 1.933. His last start came against the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he allowed one hit and no runs through five and a third inning to earn his first win of the season.
San Francisco will have Shaun Anderson start on the mound for Wednesday’s matchup. Anderson has put up a record of 3-3 through his 15 starts this season. He has an ERA of 5.08 and a WHIP of 1.519. Anderson’s last start came against the Colorado Rockies, where he allowed eight hits and three runs through five innings as the Giants ultimately lost that game.
Anderson has had a stronger season overall, but Ross is coming off one of his best performances against the Diamondbacks. If Ross can repeat that start, he should be able to shut down the Giants. If San Francisco can get some hits on Ross early though, I believe that it will give them a really good chance to pull off the win at home.
The Nationals have found a lot of success against San Francisco this season, but I believe that the Giants have a good chance to win on Wednesday afternoon. While Washington has an advantage when it comes to hitting, I believe that San Francisco’s pitching advantage could get them the win. I am not convinced Ross can put up another performance as he did in his last outing.
BetOnline has the Giants listed as a -106 against the money line for this game. I believe that San Francisco should be slightly favored in this game with Ross starting for the Nationals. The Giants have lost the first two games at home in this series, but I believe there is a lot of value in betting on them to finish the series with a win in front of their home fans.