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Washington Nationals vs. Cincinnati Reds - 8/13/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Cincinnati Reds at Washington Nationals
Date & Time Tuesday August 13, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Nationals Park
Washington, DC
The Line
Washington Nationals -110 / Cincinnati Reds -110
TV Channel
FS-Ohio, MASN2
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The Cincinnati Reds and the Washington Nationals meet in game two of their three game set in MLB action from Nationals Park on Tuesday.

The Cincinnati Reds will look to rebound from back-to-back losses following a 7-6 loss in Monday’s series opener. Aristides Aquino had a home run and two RBIs while Jesse Winker and Phillip Ervin each added a solo home run. Joey Votto went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI while Jose Iglesias went 3 for 4 with a triple, a double and an RBI to finish off Cincy’s scoring as a team in the loss. Josh VanMeter went 2 for 5 while Tucker Barnhart added a base hit of his own to sum up the Reds’ offense in the losing effort. Anthony DeSclafani took the loss, falling to 7-7 on the year after allowing six runs on six hits over four innings of work. Alex Wood will start game two and is 1-0 with a 5.65 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. In his career, Wood is 5-3 with a 2.59 ERA and 77 strikeouts against Washington.

The Washington Nationals will look to build on back-to-back victories following their win in Monday’s series opener. Trea Turner had a home run and four RBIs while Matt Adams had a home run and two RBIs. Gerardo Parra went 2 for 4 with an RBI to finish off Washington’s scoring as a team in the win. Victor Robles went 2 for 4 with a double while Asdrubal Cabrera and Howie Kendrick each chipped in a two-bagger as well. Adam Eaton and Erick Fedde each contributed a base hit as well in the winning effort for the Nats. Erick Fedde got the win to improve to 3-2 on the year after allowing two runs on six hits while striking out four over six innings of work. Sean Doolittle gave up a pair in the 9th but closed the door for his 27th save of the season. Joe Ross will start game two and is 2-3 with a 6.75 ERA and 33 strikeouts this season. In his career, Ross is 1-0 with a 3.65 ERA and 7 strikeouts against Cincinnati.

Cincinnati is 5-1 in their last game two matchups and 6-1 in their last 7 games against a right-handed starter while the over is 7-1-1 in their last 9 games overall. Washington is 16-7 in Ross’ last 23 home starts and 1-4 in their last 5 game two matchups while the under is 6-0 in Ross’ last 6 starts overall. Cincinnati is 7-20 in the last 27 meetings between these two teams and 3-10 in the last 13 meetings between these two teams in Washington.

Ross is currently sitting on back-to-back shutouts spanning 11.1 innings of work, and both of those starts came on the road which is pretty solid. It also doesn’t hurt that the Nationals have been on fire since the all-star break and getting them at home with a low line is mighty tempting. However, Ross has a horrendous 13.94 ERA at home in 9 appearances this season. Cincinnati has been one of the better offensive teams in the majors lately and Wood’s lone start on the road saw him allow just two runs in 6.2 innings against a very good Atlanta team just a week and a half ago. Going against Washington hasn’t been very profitable lately, but I think Cincinnati can even up the series here so I’ll back the Reds.

Pick:
Cincinnati Reds -110

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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