Washington Nationals vs. Cincinnati Reds - 7/3/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Reds (29-52) at Washington Nationals (49-32)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 1:35 pm (Nationals Park)
John Lamb (1-4) (4.60) vs. Lucas Giolito (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Washington Nationals / Cincinnati Reds --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Cincinnati Reds look to grab a victory after having the Nats on the ropes yesterday as the two sides meet up again at Nationals Park on SUnday afternoon.
The Reds limited the offensive prowess of the Nats for the most part yesterday until a late game surge and they will look to do so once again on Sunday as they will send John Lamb to the bump who is expected to face off against rookie sensation Lucas Giolito who will be looking for his first career win after having his MLB debut cut short after inclement weather. Cincy does have some pretty heavy pop in their lineup as the likes of Adam Duvall, Joey Votto, and Jay Bruce are all mashing the ball and while some could be on the move at or before the trade deadline that will hinder their progression they are still a team to watch out for on any given night as they have a ton of team power. The Reds will look to get Lamb another victory as he is 1-4 with a 4.60 ERA but the bats will need to find a way to get to Giolito who is highly touted to be the next big arm in the Majors and could break onto the scene in this one.
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Washington is among a handful of teams considered to be in the upper echelon of the MLB’s elite and should be in the running to win the World Series this year but like every other team in the league they have some holes and could address them over the next few weeks. The Nats have a very solid rotation led by Stephen Strasburg, Joe Ross, and Max Scherzer and now with Giolito up with the big club for some spot starts and possibly a shift into the bullpen they are even stronger and with another bat coming into the lineup they will be a tough out across a seven game series and at this rate they look like they will be crowned NL East champs.
The Reds are 5-16 in Lamb’s last 21 starts, 30-66 in their last 96 overall, and 5-16 during their last 21 game four’s of a series, while the Nats are 11-1 in their last 12 home games, 36-17 in their last 53 Sunday games, and 1-4 in their last five against a lefty. Washington will look for a big outing on Sunday here heading into the holiday Monday and if it is Gilito getting the call look for the Nats to hammer the Reds and take this one with ease.