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Nationals vs. Reds - 7/7/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds (36-44) at Washington Nationals (46-36)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)

J Cueto (5-5) (2.84) vs. M Scherzer (9-6) (1.82)

The Line: Washington Nationals -150 / Cincinnati Reds +140 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-OH, MASN

The Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals play game two Tuesday night.

The Cincinnati Reds need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Reds have scored seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five straight games. The Reds have lost six of their last eight games when scoring three or less runs. Todd Frazier leads Cincinnati with 92 hits and 54 RBI while Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto have combined for 70 RBI. The Cincinnati Reds have split their last six road games. Johnny Cueto gets the ball, and he’s 5-5 with a 2.84 ERA and 100 strikeouts this season. Cueto is 6-3 with a 4.06 ERA and 59 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

Nationals vs. Reds - 7/7/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Nationals look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Nationals have scored 14 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last six games. The Nationals have split their last six games when scoring three or less runs. Yunel Escobar leads Washington with 91 hits and 27 RBI while Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond have combined for 84 RBI. The Washington Nationals have won nine of their last 10 home games. Max Scherzer takes the hill, and he’s 9-6 with a 1.82 ERA and 139 strikeouts this season. This will be Scherzer’s second career game against the Reds.

The Reds are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 4-1 in Cuetos last 5 starts. The Nationals are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series and 8-3 in Scherzers last 11 starts. The Reds are 5-1 in Cuetos last 6 starts vs. Nationals.

I'm not paying overpriced juice for a pitcher in Scherzer when Cueto is just as good. In fact, Cueto has owned the Nats as of late, winning five of his last six starts against them. The value is on the Reds, which is why I'm backing the road team. 

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Cincinnati Reds +140

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