The San Francisco Giants (53-52) will host the Washington Nationals (42-45) Saturday in the second of their three-game set at Oracle Park. The first pitch is at 4:05 p.m. ET. Let’s look at BetMGM Sportsbook’s odds of the Nationals vs. Giants matchup with MLB picks.
San Francisco won Friday’s first game 5-3. C Curt Casali filled in for C Buster Posey nicely by going 3-for-4 with a single, a double, and 2 RBIs.
Season series: Giants lead 3-2.
Washington’s expected starter is LHP Jon Lester. Lester is 2-3 with a 2.34 ERA (60-2/3 IP, 36 ER), 1.63 WHIP and 3.9 BB/9 across 13 starts.
Last outing: Washington won 7-5 at San Diego Padres on Monday with no-decision, 3 1/3 IP, 2 ERB, 6 H, 4 BBB, and 2 K.
Giants on the current roster: 161 runs,.242/.313/.447 run line, 42/14 K/BB and 8 HR, 19 RBIs.
Anthony DeSclafani, RHP, makes his 18th Giants start. DeSclafani is currently 9-3 with a 2.84 ERA (101/3 IP, 32 ER), 1.02 WHIP and 2.5 BB/9, 8.3 K/9, this year.
Last outing: Win, 5-2, with 8 2/3 IP and 6 H, 2 ERB, 2 BB, 7 K Sunday at Arizona Diamondbacks.
Nationals vs. 159 at-bats, a.239/.288/.377 line, 39/9 K/BB and 5 HR, as well as 14 RBIs.
Nationals at Giants odds and lines, picks, and prediction
MLB odds courtesy BetMGM. Access USA TODAY Sports to see a complete list. Last update at 9:50 AM. ET.
Giants -200 (bet $200 to win $100)
Giants -1.5 (-105)
Giants 6, Nationals 2.
If you take a look at DeSclafani’s home numbers, you will see that he has pitched better than his basic numbers suggest. He is due for a solid home appearance.
DeSclafani, for instance, has a 4.24 ERA in home games and 2.14 ERA away. However, DeSclafani’s xFIP and K-BB%, and home run rate per nine innings are all higher in San Francisco.
DeSclafani’s home BAbip of.289 (.212 on the road), and left-on base percentage at home of 62.1% (91.1% LOB%) are evidence that he has been lucky in San Francisco.
Lester’s home/road splits are the opposite. His pitching peripherals at away games are much worse than those at home. Lester actually has an 8.53 FIP at home and a minus-1 KB-BB%.
The GIANTS (-200), which is a fair price, is what I am referring to. I would put 1 unit on it. To put it another way, if your standard unit costs $100, I would wager that amount on the GIANTS(-200) to earn $50.Last Updated on October 2, 2021