Washington Nationals vs. Cincinnati Reds MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/21/14
Cincinnati Reds (20-23) at Washington Nationals (23-21)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 4:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Alfredo Simon (R) (5-2) (2.454) vs. Tanner Roark (R) (3-1) (3.648)
The Line: Washington Nationals -130 / Cincinnati Reds +120 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-OH, WUSA 9, MASN
The Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals will play a rubber matchup on Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park.
The Reds have lost four of their last six games and are getting horrible play out of their pitching staff. Despite having a solid pitching rotation that’s been pretty consistent, the Reds have allowed four or more runs in four of their last six games, which includes nine runs in Tuesday’s loss. The Reds don’t have the best offense in the world, so they’re 2-18 when allowing more than three runs. However Todd Frazier does have four hits and three RBI in this series. Taking the mound Wednesday is Alfredo Simon, who is 5-2 with a 2.45 ERA and has 30 strikeouts in 51.1 innings. Simon is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA in 10 career games against the Nationals.
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Although wildly inconsistent, the Nationals have won four of their last six games. Even without Adam LaRoche and Bryce Harper, the Nationals have scored five or more runs in five of their last eight games. Denard Span has seven hits and three RBI in this series and Ian Desmond has four multi-hit games in his last six contests. Tanner Roark will get the nod Wednesday, and he’s 3-1 with a 3.65 ERA and has 40 strikeouts in 49.1 innings. This will be the first time Roark has faced the Reds in his career.
The Reds are 4-0 in Simon's last 4 road starts and 4-1 in Simon's last 5 starts as an underdog. The Nationals are 5-1 in Roark's last 6 starts as a favorite and 4-1 in Roark's last 5 starts with 4 days of rest.
We're getting the better pitcher in Simon and the plus money. Simon has been great on the road as of late and the Nationals haven't been the most consistent team due to a truckload of injuries on the offensive end. Take the Reds with the added value.