Sunday night baseball and I will have a Free Pick in the game between the San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals, which will be played in Washington D.C. First pitch is scheduled for an 8:05 PM (Eastern) start time and the game will be televised on ESPN.
San Francisco +149
Over/ Under: 7 O -115
This is game 3 of a 3 game series between these National League foes. This has not been a good trip for the Giants so far as they have lost all 5 gas played, including losing the first two of this series. The Giants are now 4 games back of the Dodgers in their division and they are 21-20 on the road this year. The Nats have now extended their lead to 4.5 games over the Mets in the NL East and they have been a solid home team this year where they have gone 24-14 so far. The Giants rank 12th in scoring (4.21 rpg), while on the mound they are 16th in ERA (3.92). Washington ranks 9th in scoring (4.38 rpg), while on the mound they are 11th in ERA (3.62).
Trend for this game include: The Giants are 2-8 in their last 10 during game 3 of a series and 4-11 in the last 15 meetings in Washington, while the Nats have gone 40-19 in their last 59 games as a home favorite and 21-6 in their last 27 Sunday games.
Getting the ball for San Francisco tonight will be Ryan Vogelsong, who is 6-6 with a 4.19 ERA on the year, while on the road he has gone 4-4 with a 5.40 ERA. Ryan is 1-2 with a 6.16 ERA in 9 games (5 starts) in his career vs the Nationals, while at Nationals Park he is 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA in 2 starts.
Toeing the rubber for the Nationals tonight will be Jordan Zimmerman, who is 6-5 with a 3.16 ERA in 16 starts this year, while at home he has gone 2-3 with a 2.39 ERA in 9 starts. Jordan has made 8 career regular season starts vs the Giants and he is 5-2 with a 2.79 ERA in those starts.
Pick: Going with the Nationals in this one. Washington is starting to pull away in the NL East and they have won their last 8 games at home, plus we note that Washington is an incredible 28-3 the last 31 times that Jordan Zimmerman has been a favorite of -151 to -200. That right there is a very tough number to buck. The Giants are reeling right now as they come in having lost 5 in a row and it looks as if the offensive injuries are starting to take their toll on this team as they have averaged just 3.2 rpg in their last 5 games. Ryan Vogelsong has a 1.93 ERA in his last 3 starts. but still he has a 5.40 ERA on the road and a 6.67 ERA in 6 career starts vs the Nats. Jordan Zimmerman has a skinny 1.19 ERA in his last 3 starts and a 2.39 ERA at home for the year, plus he hasn't allowed more than 2 ERs in 9 straight meetings with the Giants. Jordan is 5-2 with a 1.98 ERA in those last 8 starts. This is clearly two teams that are headed in opposite directions and I will ride better Nationals in this one.
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NCAA Football Betting Pick: Utah vs. Arizona State
The Arizona State Sun Devils are coming to Utah for a Pac-12 college football match up in October and pro bettors Teddy Covers and Steve Fezzik think the timing, the altitude, and the competition will be just too much for ASU. The Utes' stadium is a high-altitude venue, and the Sun Devils are going to be in the stretch of a rough run of games including match ups with conference heavyweights USC and Oregon. With this away game sandwiched between these tough games and no bye week to help them rest and recover, the thought is Utah will be the team to bet.