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Cincinnati Reds vs. Washington Nationals - 4/1/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington Nationals (1-0) at Cincinnati Reds (0-1)
Date & Time Sunday April 1, 2018, 4:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Cincinnati Reds +146 / Washington Nationals -156 --- Over/Under: 9.5
TV Channel
MAS2, FSOH
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MLB | Washington Nationals (1-0) at Cincinnati Reds (0-1)
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Coming up on Sunday in MLB action from Great American Ball Park, the Washington Nationals and the Cincinnati Reds will be meeting up to finish their series. 

In the Friday opener of this set, the Nationals managed a 2-0 win. On Saturday, we had a pretty tame game until the seventh inning, and when the dust settled the Nationals put up a 13-7 win. 

For Sunday’s game, the Nats will be going with LHP Gio Gonzalez for the start. In his 32 starts, 15-9 record and 201.0 innings last year, Gonzalez managed a 2.96 ERA with 158 hits and 66 earned. 

In the Friday outing, Washington’s Bryce Harper put up a pair of hits, while Ryan Zimmerman provided one of the two RBI. On Saturday, Adam Eaton went crazy, going 5-for-5 with a HR, three RBI and four runs. 

RHP Sal Romano will be taking the mound for the Reds on Sunday. Over his 87.0 innings and 16 starts last year, Romano managed a 5-8 record with a 4.45 ERA, 91 hits and 43 earned. 

Scooter Gennett was the big bat for the Reds on Friday, providing a 4-for-4 line with a double and five total bases. In the Saturday game, Eugenio Suarez logged two hits, two RBI, two runs and a homer. 

The Nationals are 12-5 in their last 17 Sunday games and 1-4 in their last five in game three of a series. Washington is also 9-4 in Gonzalez’s last 13 road starts and 5-14 in his last 19 versus the NL Central. 

Meanwhile, the Reds are 2-5 in their last seven in game three of a series and 4-1 in Romano’s last five starts versus the NL East. Cincinnati is also 1-4 in Romano’s last five during game three of a series and the under is 8-1 in the Reds’ last nine during game three of a series.  

I think Romano can put up a good start here if he gets a little run support—which as we all know isn’t a sure thing these days. As for Gonzalez, he looked pretty sharp overall in 2017 and should come out firing in this one. I’m going to stick with the Nationals to bag the win here.

Pick:
Washington Nationals -156

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