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San Francisco Giants-Washington Nationals Series Preview

June 9th, 2014 at 11:47 AM
By Michael Almonte

After completing a weekend sweep against the New York Mets, the scorching San Francisco Giants welcome the Washington Nationals to town for a four-game series.

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The 42-21 Giants own the best record in baseball, having won five in a row and 31 of their last 42 games, while the 32-29 Nationals are tied for first place in the National League East.

The Giants are on pace to win 108 games and that would break the record held by the 1962 and 1993 Giants, who both won 103. The '62 Giants lost in seven-games in the World Series to the New York Yankees and the '93 Giants failed to make the playoffs.

Tonight's matchup will be a battle between Ryan Vogelsong (4-2) and Stephen Strasburg (5-4). Vogelsong is 1-1 lifetime versus the Nationals with a 5.59 ERA and 15 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 pm.

Tuesday night features Madison Bumgarner (8-3) taking on Doug Fister (4-1). Bumgarner owns a 2-2 career record against Washington with a 2.61 ERA and 35 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 pm.

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Wednesday night has Matt Cain (1-3) facing Tanner Roark (4-4). Cain is 5-4 facing the Nationals with a 3.12 ERA and 78 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 pm.

Thursday's series finale will have Tim Hudson (6-2) locking arms with Blake Treinen (0-2). The Giants are 6-0 in Hudson's home starts and 18-6 in day games this season. First pitch is scheduled for 12:45 pm.

The Giants are 22-9 at home and 10-3 versus the NL East, while leading the majors by scoring 128 runs with two outs. They also lead baseball scoring 107 runs with runners in scoring position with two outs and own the best batting average in the league with a .285 mark.

The Nationals enter the series having won five of their last six games and are 7-3 in their last 10 contests. They also feature a familiar face roaming the dugout in first-year manager and former Giant Matt Williams, who played 10 seasons with the Giants from 1987-1996. 





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