Cincinnati Reds vs. Washington Nationals - 6/3/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (33-21) at Cincinnati Reds (18-35)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 3, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)
G Gonzalez (3-3) (3.57) vs. B Finnegan (1-4) (4.14)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds +150 / Washington Nationals -160 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cincinnati Reds look to bring their hot bats back with them from Colorado as they return home to face off against the Washington Nationals on Friday night.
The Nats head into the Great American Ball Park looking to continue their strong start to the season as they sit 33-21 on the year and are considered among a handful of teams favoured to win the National League pennant this season. Washington has one of the most dangerous rotations in baseball led by Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer and have a ton of pop led by Bryce Harper and while he has cooled off a little bit of late he is a guy you want to have at the plate with the game on the line. Gio Gonzalez bring his 3-3 record and 3.57 ERA into Ohio as he will face off against Brandon Finnegan who is a disappointing 1-4 with a 4.14 ERA.
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The Reds meanwhile haven’t been great to start the season but did leave Colorado with some confidence after hanging the Rockies out to dry for back to back nights and could be on the verge of turning a corner. But probably not. The Reds have one of the league’s worst bullpens, a very underwhelming rotation, and very little beyond Joey Votto at the plate and while they are bound to win every now and then I just don’t see them as a group that will challenge for the playoffs and against a team like the Nationals I think they will get eaten alive.
The Nationals are 8-0 in their last eight road games against a lefty, 4-0 in their last four overall, and 11-3 in their last 14 games against a lefty while the Reds are 1-5 in their last six against the NL East, 0-6 in Finnegan’s last six series openers, and 0-8 in his last eight starts overall. The Nats are ready to break out and it happens this weekend against a Reds team that realizes they aren’t hitting at Coors.