October 16, 2019

Washington Nationals vs San Francisco Giants Series Preview

Currently on a 10-game winning streak, tying a franchise record since moving to D.C, the Washington Nationals now welcome the San Francisco Giants to Nationals Park for a three-game series to close out a 10-game homestand.

Teams

Washington Nationals (73-53, 1st in NL East) vs San Francisco Giants (67-59, 2nd in NL West)

Schedule

Game 1: Friday, August 22 @ 7:05 PM EST

Game 2: Saturday, August 23 @ 4:05 PM EST

Game 3: Sunday, August 24 @ 1:35 PM EST

Probable Pitchers (Season Stats; Career vs Opponent)

Game 1: Doug Fister (12-3, 2.20; 1-0, 0.00) vs Tim Hudson (8-9, 3.03; 17-5, 2.37)

Game 2: Jordan Zimmermann (8-5, 2.97; 4-2, 2.89) vs Tim Lincecum (10-8, 4.85; 1-5, 6.08)

Game 3: Stephen Strasburg (10-10, 3.41; 3-0, 1.80) vs Ryan Vogelsong (7-9, 3.73; 1-2, 6.39)

Players to Watch

Washington:

  • Denard Span: .302 BA, .355 OBP, 147 H, 34 doubles, 25 RBI, 27 SB
  • Ian Desmond: .249 BA, .422 SLG, 18 doubles, 20 HR, 77 RBI, 16 SB
  • Adam LaRoche: .269 BA, .463 SLG, 18 doubles, 19 HR, 67 RBI
  • Wilson Ramos: .297 BA, .415 SLG, 10 doubles, 6 HR, 33 RBI

San Francisco:

  • Buster Posey: .284 BA, .438 SLG, 21 doubles, 14 HR, 59 RBI
  • Hunter Pence: .283 SLG, .335 OBP, 26 doubles, 9 triples, 17 HR, 54 RBI, 11 SB
  • Pablo Sandoval: .284 BA, .436 SLG, 24 doubles, 14 HR, 58 RBI
  • Michael Morse: .283 BA, .482 SLG, 29 doubles, 2 triples, 16 HR, 57 RBI

Notables on the Injury Report

Washington:

  • Ryan Zimmerman: Zimmerman is still out with a hamstring injury. Don’t expect to see him anytime soon.
  • Nate McLouth: McLouth is out for the season after having surgery done to his shoulder.

San Francisco:

  • Buster Posey: Posey is currently listed as day-to-day with a sore hip, but he played on Thursday and went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a homer and a walk.

Series Notes

Washington enters the series on a 10-game winning streak and a seven-game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. In a rather unusual twist, six of their last 10 wins have been by walk-off.

As the Nationals enter the series 10-0 in their last 10 games, the Giants enter 5-5 in that same span, but winners of four out of their last five.

This series pits two of the better pitching staffs in baseball against each other. Both the Giants and Nationals staffs rank in the top-half in baseball in ERA, quality starts, WHIP and batting average against.

The most exciting pitching matchup of this series will likely come first — Doug Fister vs Tim Hudson. Fister has been by far the Nationals’ ace this season and Hudson always brings his A-game against Washington.

When Hudson pitches at Nats Park, he’s 5-1 with a 2.95 ERA. Of the three starting pitchers Washington will face, he’s the only one with a career winning record against the ball club.

One of the more fan-oriented story lines of this series is the return of “The Beast”, a.k.a. Michael Morse. Morse spent four seasons with Washington from 2009 to 2012. While it’ll be nice to see him again, Morse is having a good season for the Giants batting .283 with 16 homers, 29 doubles and 57 RBI. The Nationals better be careful with him at the plate.

While the Nationals play well at home — 41-24 — the Giants have fared well on the road — 35-27. However, the Nationals have won eight of their last 10 home games against San Francisco.

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Brian Skinnell is a sports writer born and raised in the Washington, D.C.-metro area and covers the Washington Nationals, Wizards and MiLB for District Sports Page. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+!

About Brian Skinnell

Brian Skinnell is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Nationals and college football. He is a born-and-raised follower of Washington, D.C. sports, “The” Ohio State Buckeyes and auto racing. A graduate of Shepherd University in December of 2014, he has a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a Concentration in Sports Communications. Prior to joining District Sports Page (for his second stint), he spent time with Rant Sports, Yahoo Sports and the Washington Redskins. For his day job, he is an Editor for Team Velocity Marketing. Follow him on Twitter @Brian_Skinnell.

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