San Francisco Giants
Friday, June 11, 2021 at 7:05pm EDT
The best team in the National League, the San Francisco Giants, travel to the nation's capital to face the Washington Nationals in the second game of a four game series. Actually, its the first because the first game Thursday was postponed. The Giants lead the NL West at 38-23 while the Nationals are last in the NL East at 25-33. The Giants ace, Kevin Gausman (7-0) takes the hill, while the Nationals counter with righthander Erick Fedde (3-4).
Giants lead NL WestThe Giants lead the NL West at 38-23 by 1.5 games over the Dodgers. The Giants come into this series having lost 2 of their last three, including a split with the Texas Rangers.
Kevin Gausman has been an absolute beast for the Giants this year. He is 7-0 on the season with a 1.27 ERA. He is one of only two undefeated pitchers in the Majors. In his last outing, a 4-3 win over the Cubs, he was brilliant, allowing just 2 hits and 0 earned runs in 7 innings. He also had 10 strikeouts. e is 8th in the majors in strikeouts.
Nationals hit rough patchThe Nationals come in to this series with a record of 25-33. They are tied for last place in the NL East, 7 games behind the first place Mets. The Nationals have lost 4 of their last 5 games.
The Nationals hand the ball to Erick Fedde on Friday. The righthander is 3-4 on the season with a 4.35 ERA in 8 starts. Fedde hasn't had a start since May 16 as he has been on the injured list with a strained muscle. But he was sharp in his last outing, blanking the Diamondbacks with 0 runs and 3 hits in 7 innings in a 3-0 win.
Stats & Trends
- Giants are 4-0 in Gausmans last 4 starts.
- Giants are 4-0 in Gausmans last 4 starts on grass.
- Nationals are 0-4 in their last 4 home games.
- Nationals are 1-7 in their last 8 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Nationals are 1-5 in their last 6 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.
Kevin Gausman has been lights out this season. He is 7-0 with a 1.27 ERA. He and Jacob deGrom are the early front runners for the Cy Young award. He should have no problem shutting down a pretty anemic Nationals offense. The Nationals only average about 3.8 runs per game, which is 25th in the majors. The Nationals starter, Fedde, is coming off the IL, having missed the past nearly 3 weeks. Fedde has been solid this year but this is a tough spot for him, making his return against a Giants offense that is 1st in home runs, 8th in slugging percentage, and 9th in runs scored with 4.8 runs per game. Take the Giants and Gausman here.