MLB Preview at YouWager: Giants vs. Nationals

7:05 PM ET, August 13, 2013

Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.

Starting Pitchers

San Francisco: Bumgarner (11-7, 2.75 ERA)

Washington: Gonzalez (7-5, 3.52 ERA)

Gio Gonzalez and Madison Bumgarner already opposed each other in 2013 and gave online sports betting fans plenty to talk about.

The San Francisco Giants are still struggling offensively and this time around there’s more pressure on Bumgarner.

Tonight these pitchers will meet as the Giants face the Washington Nationals.

Both pitchers were outstanding in the Nationals’ 2-1, 10-inning road victory May 22. They both allowed four hits and a run, with Gonzalez throwing 7 1/3 innings and Bumgarner seven.

The 24 year-old Bumgarner has gone at least seven innings in his last 10 outings while posting a 1.77 ERA. Even so, he suffered a 6-1 loss versus the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday after carrying a shutout into the eighth inning.

The left-hander yielded four runs — three earned — in giving up more than two earned runs for the first time in 11 games. This particular MLB game marked the 11th time in Bumgarner’s 23 starts that he received two or fewer runs of support.

San Francisco (52-65) has lost six of nine while scoring 21 runs. The Giants are batting .235 with 60 runs in 23 games since the All-Star break, the fewest in baseball.

Buster Posey is batting .186 since the break with one of the Giants’ seven home runs, while Pablo Sandoval has hit .220 in that span.

YouWager experts think it will be harder versus Gonzalez, who has baffled many San Francisco’s hitters. Posey, Sandoval, Marco Scutaro and Hunter Pence are a combined 6 for 49 (.122) versus him.

Lately the 27 year-old Gonzalez (7-5, 3.52) has also been plagued by a lack of run support, getting backed with one run three times in his last four starts while losing the past two.

Washington (57-60) has improved recently, following a four-game losing streak with a three-game home sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Nationals outscored this team 23-7 and recorded at least 11 hits in each contest.

The Nationals have won five straight meetings at home.


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