San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals 8/23/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 8/22/2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Nationals Park in Washington DC
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Saturday afternoon, Tim Lincecum (10-8-1, 4.48 ERA) gets the call for the San Francisco Giants as they square off against Jordan Zimmermann (8 - 5, 2.97 ERA) and the Washington Nationals. Lincecum makes his 26th start and 27th appearance as Zimmermann makes his 26th start.
Tim Lincecum notched his first victory in over a month the last time he took the mound. In that start, Lincecum surrendered 2 runs and 7 hits in 5 innings as he walked 4 while striking out just 2. Throughout the season, Lincecum has had a problem with walks and he has allowed 2 or more walks in 7 of his last 10 appearances. Lincecum is 4-3-1 in those 10 appearances. Last season, Lincecum finished the year with a 10 - 14 record and a 4.37 ERA in 32 starts.
In 2013, Lincecum lost his only start against the Nationals after allowing 6 runs and 7hits (including a homer) in 6 innings. The Nationals are batting .294 against Lincecum with 37 hits, 6 home runs and 20 RBIs in 126 at-bats.
Jordan Zimmermann was solid in his last outing but he didn't get the decision. In that start, Zimmermann gave up 3 runs and 4 hits (including a homer) in 7 innings of work. He walked 3 while striking out just 2. Zimmerman has pitched well all season but his offense and the bullpen have wasted many of his efforts on the hill. In his last 10 starts, he is just 3 - 1. In 2013, Zimmermann posted a record of 19 - 9 with a 3.25 ERA in 32 starts.
Last season, Zimmermann won his only start against the Giants after holding them to a run and 6 hits in 7 innings. San Francisco is batting .305 against Zimmermann with 29 hits, a home run and 6 RBIs in 95 at-bats.
San Francisco Giants Betting Trends
San Francisco Giants are 59-59-7 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for San Francisco Giants is 0.3
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
Washington Nationals are 61-53-11 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Washington Nationals is 0.8
Injuries to Watch
San Francisco Giants
08/08/14 1B Brandon Belt Concussion 7-day DL (8/7)
08/05/14 P Matt Cain Elbow 15-day DL (7/11), out for season
07/26/14 SS Ehire Adrianza Hamstring 15-day DL (7/25)
07/26/14 C Hector Sanchez Concussion 15-day DL (8/10)
07/26/14 2B Marco Scutaro Back 15-day DL (7/25)
08/11/14 RF Steven Souza Shoulder 15-day DL (8/10)
08/07/14 P Taylor Jordan Elbow 60-day DL (8/5)
08/05/14 LF Nate McLouth Shoulder 15-day DL (8/2); out for season
07/25/14 P Matt Purke Elbow 60-day DL (7/25)
07/23/14 LF Ryan Zimmerman Hamstring 15-day DL (7/22)
03/29/14 P Ross Ohlendorf Back 60-day DL (3/26)
03/28/14 P Erik Davis Elbow 60-day DL (2/13)
Josh's Pick: Take Washington
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