Washington Nationals vs. Cincinnati Reds - 6/30/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Reds (29-50) at Washington Nationals (46-32)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
B Finnegan (3-6) (3.83) vs. G Gonzalez (3-7) (4.73)
The Line: Washington Nationals -200 / Cincinnati Reds +185 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN, FSOH
Coming up on Thursday, the Cincinnati Reds and the Washington Nationals will be kicking off their series at Nationals Park.
The Reds just finished up a three-game set against the Cubs. Cincinnati lost the first two games, and on Wednesday they made it a sweep with a 9-2 loss.
As for the Nationals, they tangled with the Mets this week. Washington won the first two games by a combined 16-4 score, and in the finale the Nationals made it a sweep with a 4-2 win.
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Lefty Brandon Finnegan will be taking the hill for the Reds on Thursday. Over 16 starts and a 3-6 record this year, Finnegan has managed a 3.83 ERA with a 1.32 WHIP in 94 total innings. In a loss to the Padres his last time out, Finnegan gave up three runs on five hits in 6.2 innings.
At the plate, the Reds have a few noteworthy swingers. Jay Bruce heads the charge on 78 hits with 44 runs, 17 homers and 59 RBI. Bruce went 2-for-4 in Wednesday’s loss. Zack Cozart has hit 70 times with 42 runs, 11 homers and 32 RBI. Brandon Phillips has 71 hits with 36 runs and 29 RBI.
The Nationals will be countering with LHP Gio Gonzalez on Thursday. In his 15 starts alongside a 3-7 record, Gonzalez has logged a 4.73 ERA with a 1.37 WHIP. In a horrible outing his last time out against the Brewers, Gonzalez lasted just three innings and gave up six earned on six hits.
Washington has some interesting names in their lineup this year. Daniel Murphy has hit 103 times with 46 runs, 14 homers and 53 RBI. Murphy slapped a pair of homers on Wednesday. Wilson Ramos is up there as well on his 79 hits with 33 runs, 12 homers and 43 RBI. Anthony Rendon has hit 74 times with 47 runs and 30 RBI thus far. Ramos and Rendon combined to go 0-for-6 in Wednesday’s game.
The Reds are 7-2 in their last nine game ones of a series, and 17-35 in their last 52 against a left-handed starter. Cincinnati is also 1-4 in their last five Thursday games, and 1-5 in Finnegan’s last six road starts.
As for the Nationals, they’re 5-2 in their last seven game ones of a series, and 0-4 in their last four games versus a left-handed starter. Washington is also 1-4 in Gonzalez’s last five home starts, and 0-7 in Gonzalez’s last seven starts overall.
Gonzalez has been struggling lately, so I’ll go with Finnegan and the Reds in what could be a high-scoring game.