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Cincinnati Reds vs. Washington Nationals - 5/31/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals at Cincinnati Reds
Date & Time Friday May 31, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)
Great American Ballpark
Cincinnati, OH
The Line
Cincinnati Reds +115 / Washington Nationals -135
TV Channel
FS-Ohio, MASN2
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The Washington Nationals and the Cincinnati Reds meet in game one of a three game set in MLB action from Great American Ballpark on Friday night.

The Washington Nationals will look to build some momentum after sweeping a two-game division set with Atlanta, taking game two by a final score of 14-4 on Wednesday. Howie Kendrick had a double and four RBIs while Matt Adams had a home run and three RBIs. Anthony Rendon, Juan Soto and Victor Robles each had two RBIs with Soto hitting a home run while Rendon belted a triple. Kurt Suzuki had an RBI of his own to round out Washington’s scoring as a team in the win. Trea Turner went 3 for 6 with a triple while Brian Dozier had a double and Adam Eaton added a base hit as well in the victory for the Nats. Anibal Sanchez threw six shutout innings, giving up just one hit while striking out seven for his first win of the season to improve to 1-6. Patrick Corbin will start game one and is 5-2 with a 2.85 ERA and 81 strikeouts this season. In his career, Corbin is 2-3 with a 3.74 ERA and 58 strikeouts against Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Reds will look to rebound after settling for a series split with Pittsburgh, dropping the series finale by a final score of 7-2. Nick Senzel went 2 for 5 with a solo home run while Derek Dietrich went 2 for 4 with an RBI to round out Cincinnati’s scoring as a team in the losing effort. Curt Casali, Jose Peraza and Josh VanMeter each had base hits to cap off the Reds’ offense as a team in the loss. Anthony DeSclafani took the loss, falling to 2-3 on the year after allowing three runs on eight hits over 5.2 innings of work. Tyler Mahle will start game one and is 1-5 with a 4.15 ERA and 59 strikeouts this season. This will be Mahle’s second career start against Washington.

Washington is 4-1 in Corbin’s last 5 starts and 4-10 in their last 14 road games while the over is 6-2-1 in their last 9 games overall. Cincinnati is 3-13 in Mahle’s last 16 starts and 7-3 in in their last 10 games against the NL East while the over is 6-1-1 in their last 8 games overall. Washington is 17-5 in the last 22 meetings between these two teams and 8-0 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams in Cincinnati.

The Nationals being favored on the road may seem strange but Corbin has been Washington’s best starter this season, and has allowed one run or less in three of his last four starts, including a complete game shutout last time out. Mahle has only allowed one run at home so far this season, but he’s coming off of an outing in which he gave up six runs in five innings and his lone start against the Nationals did not go well, giving up six runs in just 1.2 innings. I’ll side with the Nationals to draw first blood as the price isn’t too bad given the pitching matchup.

Washington Nationals -135

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