Washington Nationals vs. Cincinnati Reds MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/19/14
Cincinnati Reds (19-22) at Washington Nationals (22-20)
MLB Baseball: Monday, May 19, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Mike Leake (R) (2-3) (3.085) vs. Stephen Strasburg (R) (3-3) (3.479)
The Line: Washington Nationals -171 / Cincinnati Reds +161 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-OH, MASN
The Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals will begin a three-game series on Monday night.
The Reds have lost three of their last four games and are now four games below a .500 record. The Reds pitching staff has really gotten beat up lately, allowing 20 runs in their last two games and six or more runs in three of their last four. The Reds are 2-17 this season when allowing three or more runs. Offensively, Brandon Phillips has seven RBI in his last nine games and Joey Votto is questionable to even make this trip. Starting Monday will be Mike Leake, who is 2-3 with a 3.09 ERA and has 34 strikeouts in 58.1 innings. Leake is 3-3 with a 5.53 ERA in eight career starts against the Nationals.
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The Nationals have won four of their last six games and are just trying to keep their head afloat until key players return from injury. The Nationals offense has picked it up lately, scoring five or more runs in four of their last six games. With Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche on the DL, Ian Desmond has homered three times in his last six games and Jayson Werth has scored at least one run in four straight games. Getting the nod will be Stephen Strasburg, who is 3-3 with a 3.48 ERA and has 70 strikeouts in 54.1 innings. Strasburg is 1-1 with a 7.36 ERA in two career starts against the Reds.
The Reds are 2-8 in Leake's last 10 road starts and 1-5 in Leake's last 6 starts as a road underdog. The Nationals are 4-0 in Strasburg's last 4 home starts and 4-1 in Strasburg's last 5 starts overall. The Reds are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Washington.
With Strasburg on the mound, total is very low and rightfully so. However, the over is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams and 6-0-1 in Leake's last 7 starts vs. Nationals.
Take the over.