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The National League West gets set to take on an NL East as the San Francisco Giants head into Nationals Park to take on the Washington Nationals for game one of their four-game series. San Francisco won their most recent series against Texas while Washington split their series with Tampa Bay. For Thursday’s game, the Giants have right-hander Anthony DeSclafani starting while the Nationals give the ball to the right-hander Max Scherzer to start.
Giants with the Best Record
It’s been an incredible ride for the Giants so far this season, one in which they were not expected to be this good but here they are in early June with a 38-23 record, first in the Majors. While they lost the final game of their series to Texas on Wednesday, San Francisco has still won eight of their last 10 ball games. So far in June, the Giants have gotten off to a decent start, going 4-2 with a .285 team batting average through their first six June contests.
DeSclafani has put together a solid year of pitching so far as he’s gone 5-2 with a 3.51 ERA over 12 starts to go with a 1.11 WHIP. In his last outing, he went six innings against Chicago and allowed two runs, four hits, and zero walks. The Giants have won the last two times DeSclafani has started and he’s been wonderful pitching on the road where he’s got a 2.63 over seven starts. He’s also been very good in nighttime games where he’s posted a 2.17 ERA through nine starts.
Scherzer’s Final Stretch for the Nationals?
With the Nationals sitting on a 25-33 record and only a half-game out of last in the NL East, rumors have begun flying around that Mad Max could be traded to a contender should the front office feel they’re out of contention. That looks to be the case at the moment as they’ve lost four of their last six and eight of their last 12. Unfortunately, the Nationals have issues on both sides of the ball with their pitching giving up too many home runs (seventh-most overall) and they don’t hit enough of them on offense (26th).
Alas, there’s always Scherzer to play hero every five games. Fortunately for Washington, he starts the series opener Thursday night against a Giants team with the league’s best record. At 36-years-old, Scherzer is still a great pitcher, boasting a 2.22 ERA and 0,82 WHIP over 12 starts to accompany a 5-4 record that should be far better if he had run support. Over his last five starts, he’s posted a 2.09 ERA and an impressive 43 strikeouts. At home, Scherzer is at his best, sporting a 1.98 ERA and a terrific .163 OBA.
-Nationals are 13-4 in their last 17 home games with the total set between 7.0-8.5.
-Giants are 0-5 in their last 5 games vs. the Nationals.