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Cincinnati Reds vs. Washington Nationals - 6/2/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington Nationals at Cincinnati Reds
Date & Time Sunday June 2, 2019, 1:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Great American Ballpark
Cincinnati, OH
The Line
Cincinnati Reds +110 / Washington Nationals -130
TV Channel
FS-Ohio, MASN2
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The Washington Nationals and the Cincinnati Reds meet in the rubber match of their three game set in MLB action from Great American Ballpark on Sunday.

The Washington Nationals will look to win the series after taking game two on Saturday by a final score of 5-2. Gerardo Parra had a home run and three RBIs, going 3 for 4 at the plate. Brian Dozier went 2 for 4 with a solo home run and Matt Adams added a solo homer of his own to round out Washington’s scoring as a team in the win. Anthony Rendon went 2 for 3 at the dish to round out the Nationals’ offense in the victory. Erick Fedde gave up two runs on six hits over four innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Tanner Rainey picked up the win to improve to 1-1 on the year while Sean Doolittle picked up his 11th save of the season. Max Scherzer will start game three and is 2-5 with a 3.26 ERA and 102 strikeouts this season. In his career, Scherzer is 4-1 with a 2.21 ERA and 53 strikeouts against Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Reds will look to rebound and win the series after dropping game two on Saturday. Tanner Roark helped his own cause by hitting a home run and accounting for the team’s two RBIs in the loss. Nick Senzel had a double and Eugenio Suarez and Derek Dietrich each had two hits while Jesse Winker and Tucker Barnhart each chipped in a base knock to cap off Cincy’s offense as a team in the defeat. Roark took the loss on the mound, giving up four runs on six hits while striking out six over six innings of work. Sonny Gray will start the finale and is 2-4 with a 3.54 ERA and 64 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gray is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA and 17 strikeouts against Washington.

Washington is 1-8 in Scherzer’s last 9 starts and 6-2 in their last 8 games overall while the over is 5-0-1 in their last 6 road games. Cincinnati is 37-77 in their last 114 Sunday games and 4-1 in their last 5 home games against a right-handed starter while the over is 7-1-1 in their last 9 games overall. Washington is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams in Cincinnati and 4-0 in Scherzer’s last 4 starts against Cincinnati.

The plus money with Gray at home is tempting considering he’s won his last two starts and given up just one run over his last 12 innings of work. However, Gray’s ERA is higher at home than it is on the road and while he hasn’t had the record to show for it, Scherzer is still one of the game’s top pitchers and even on the road, it’s not often that you get Scherzer with this kind of low price tag attached. I’ll lay the juice with Washington to pick up the series finale on Sunday.

Pick:
Washington Nationals -130

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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