San Francisco Giants (38-23, first in Western NL) vs. Washington Nationals (25-33, fifth in Eastern NL)
Washington; Friday, 7:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING LIKELY: Giants: Anthony DeSclafani (5-2, 3.51 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 58 strikeouts) Nationals: Max Scherzer (5-4, 2.22 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, 104 strikeouts stick)
LINE: Nationals -177, Giants +150; over / under is 7 1/2 strokes
BOTTOM LINE: Washington and San Francisco meet on Friday.
The Nationals are 13-15 on their home turf. Washington’s offense has compiled a .247 batting average this season, good for the NHL’s top spot. Trea Turner leads the team with a .305 score.
The Giants are 20-14 on the road. The San Francisco pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 3.28. Kevin Gausman leads the team with an earned-run average of 1.28.
BEST PERFORMERS: Turner leads the national championships with 10 homers and 30 RBIs.
Buster Posey leads the Giants with 50 hits and hits .336.
LAST 10 GAMES: Nationals: 4-6, 0.215 batting average, 4.24 ERA, outscored by 10 points
Giants: 7-3, batting average of 0.273, ERA of 3.14, edged opponents by 16 points
INJURIES: Nationals: Austin Voth: (nose), Stephen Strasburg: (neck), Will Harris: (hand), Erick Fedde: (undisclosed), Luis Avilan: (elbow).
Giants: Logan Webb: (shoulder), Aaron Sanchez: (biceps), Dedniel Nunez: (elbow), Reyes Moronta: (right flexor), John Brebbia: (elbow), Tyler Beede: (elbow), Caleb Baragar: (elbow )), Mike Yastrzemski: (thumb), Alex Dickerson: (back), Jaylin Davis: (left knee), Darin Ruf: (hamstrings), Evan Longoria: (shoulder), Tommy La Stella: (hamstrings) , Curt Casali: (wrist).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.