Cincinnati Reds (20-25) vs. Washington Nationals (20-23)
May 25, 2021 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: Washington Nationals -155 / Cincinnati Reds +143; Over/Under: 7.5
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The Cincinnati Reds and the Washington Nationals meet in MLB action from Nationals Park on Tuesday night.
The Cincinnati Reds will look to bounce back from a 9-4 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers last time out. Nick Castellanos led the way, going 3 for 4 with a home run, two doubles and three RBIs while Jesse Winker went 2 for 5 with a solo home run to round out the scoring for the Reds as well in the defeat. Shogo Akiyama and Tyler Naquin each had a double to cap off Cincinnati’s offense as a team in the losing effort. Luis Castillo took the loss, falling to 1-7 on the year after allowing five runs on five hits while striking out five over five innings of work. Tyler Mahle will start here and is 2-2 with a 4.20 ERA and 54 strikeouts this season. In his career, Mahle is 1-1 with a 12.15 ERA and 9 strikeouts against the Nationals.
The Washington Nationals will look to build on a 6-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles in their last game. Kyle Schwarber had a home run and two RBIs while Alex Avila went 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI. Andrew Stevenson, Trea Turner and Josh Bell each had a pair of hits with an RBI to finish off Washington’s scoring as a team in the win while Josh Harrison went 2 for 4 with a double to cap off the Nationals’ offense as a team in the victory. Patrick Corbin got the win to improve to 3-3 on the year after allowing four runs on 11 hits while striking out three over 5.2 innings of work. Brad Hand closed out the 9th for his 7th save of the season. Max Scherzer will start here and is 4-2 with a 2.24 ERA and 76 strikeouts this season. In his career, Scherzer is 5-1 with a 2.01 ERA and 68 strikeouts against Cincinnati.
Cincinnati is 3-9 in their last 12 games as a road underdog and 1-4 in their last 5 games following a loss while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games against the NL East. Washington is 4-0 in their last 4 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their alt 6 games following a win.
I get the case that could be made for the Reds here as they’ve picked up their play lately, and Mahle has pitched fairly well this season with the Reds going 6-3 in his 9 starts this year. However, Scherzer is back to looking like Cy Young Scherzer, giving up one earned run or less in 6 of his last 7 starts and the Nationals are starting to find their groove offensively as well. I’ll side with the Nationals in this one and sprinkle a bit on the -1.5 run line as well here.