Cincinnati Reds (21-25) vs. Washington Nationals (20-24)
May 27, 2021 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: Washington Nationals -132 / Cincinnati Reds +122; Over/Under: +8
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The Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals meet Thursday in MLB action at Nationals Park.
The Cincinnati Reds need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Reds have scored nine runs in their last three games and three or less runs in three of their last six games. The Reds have lost five of their last six games when scoring three or less runs. Nick Castellanos leads the Reds with 60 hits and 30 RBI while Jesse Winker and Tyler Naquin have combined for 89 hits and 58 RBI. Sonny Gray gets the ball, and he is 0-3 with a 3.96 ERA and 47 strikeouts this season. Gray is 1-1 with a 4.34 ERA and 21 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.
The Washington Nationals look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Nationals have scored 19 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last 10 games. The Nationals have lost four straight games when scoring three or less runs. Trea Turner leads the Nationals with 57 hits and 25 RBI while Starlin Castro and Josh Harrison have combined for 83 hits and 36 RBI. Stephen Strasburg gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 4.11 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. Strasburg is 5-1 with a 4.25 ERA and 58 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.
The Reds are 3-8 in their last 11 during game 3 of a series and 0-6 in their last 6 Thursday games. The Nationals are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 3 of a series and 1-7 in their last 8 Thursday games. The over is 9-3-2 in Reds last 14 road games. The under is 16-5 in Nationals last 21 home games. The Reds are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Washington and 5-21 in the last 26 meetings.
It’s hard to get a great feel for either of these teams that have been hit or miss for much of the season, but we’re getting a favorable price with the Cincinnati Reds and Sonny Gray on the hill. Yes, we all know what Stephen Strasburg is capable of, but he has just 15 innings under his belt this season and has pitched just once since the middle of April. The value is with the Reds and the plus money.