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Washington Nationals vs. Cincinnati Reds Game One - 8/4/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds (48-60) at Washington Nationals (54-53)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)

A DeSclafani (4-3) (5.47) vs. G Gonzalez (6-7) (3.78)

The Line: Washington Nationals -180 / Cincinnati Reds +170 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSOH, MASN

Coming up Saturday from Nationals Park, the Cincinnati Reds and the Washington Nationals will be continuing their weekend MLB set. 

In the Thursday opener, the Nationals jumped out to a 7-0 lead after three innings and cruised to a 10-4 win. 

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Washington Nationals vs. Cincinnati Reds Game One - 8/4/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For the Saturday game, the Reds will be bringing out RHP Anthony DeSclafani. In his 52.2 innings and 4-3 mark this year, DeSclafani has a 5.47 ERA with 48 Ks and 17 BBs. 

Heading into this set, Scooter Gennett had the hits lead for the Reds on 123 hits, 64 runs, 17 homers and 67 RBI. On Thursday, Gennett posted two hits and a run. 

Over on the Nationals’ side, they’re rolling with Gio Gonzalez on Saturday. In his 114.1 innings and 6-7 record overall, Gonzalez has a 3.78 ERA with 103 Ks and 57 BBs. 

Tops in hitting for the Nationals this season is Trea Turner, who came into this set on 117 hits, 66 runs and 43 RBI. In game one, Turner hit a two-run homer and finished with two runs and four RBI on the night. 

The Reds are 19-41 in their last 60 games versus a left-handed starter and 17-38 in their last 55 road games versus a left-handed starter. Cincinnati is 3-11 in DeSclafani’s last 14 starts in game two of a series and the over is 4-1-1 in their last six Friday games. 

Meanwhile, the Nats are 5-2 in their last seven in game two of a series and 6-1 in Gonzalez’s last seven home starts. Washington is 1-5 in Gonzalez’s last six starts versus a team with a losing record and 1-7 in his last eight starts. 

Over his past handful of games, DeSclafani has been okay but has had some bumps in the road. In his last three starts DeSclafani is 0-2 with 12 total earned. As for Gonzalez, he’s had a few hiccups lately as well but on the whole seems to be more consistent. I’m going to go with the Nationals here and not think too hard about it.

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