Washington Nationals vs. Cincinnati Reds Betting Preview

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The Washington Nationals are set to do battle against the Cincinnati Reds in a Sunday day game. Fox Sports Ohio will showcase this NL matchup and the game gets underway at 1:10 p.m. ET.

Washington Nationals at Cincinnati Reds Odds

Washington (-125) is favored against Cincinnati (+115) and Vegas has set the Over/Under for this one at 9 runs. The odds for wagering on the game’s total currently stand at +105 for the over and -125 for the under. Runline odds stand at +120 for picking the Nationals -1.5 runs and -140 for the Reds +1.5 runs.

The Reds are 33-24 against the spread (ATS)despite being only 27-31 straight up (SU). The team’s lost 1.6 units for moneyline bettors while gaining 6.3 units ATS. Cincinnati has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven. On the other hand, the Nationals are 25-33 SU and have gone 25-32 ATS. In total, the team’s lost 18.1 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 9.3 units ATS. Washington has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven.

Cincinnati games have an over/under record of 23-32-2 thus far in 2019. The Nationals have been a decent over bet with a total record of 30-23-4.

Max Scherzer will get the start for the visiting Nationals. The right-handed Scherzer (2-5, 3.26 ERA) has racked up 102 punchouts in 77.1 innings so far. He has yet to face Cincinnati this year, but he made two starts against the Reds in 2018, posting a 2-0 record against them with a 1.50 ERA and 20 strikeouts.

The Reds will turn to righty Sonny Gray (2-4, 3.54 ERA), who has 64 strikeouts and 22 walks, along with a 1.21 WHIP. Gray made two starts against the Nationals in 2018, putting together a 1-0 record with a 5.40 ERA.

As a unit, Cincinnati’s pitching staff has given up 3.8 runs per game overall this year. The club’s starters have an ERA of 3.70, a WHIP of 1.25 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.9. The bullpen has a 3.76 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 9.7 K/9.

The Cincinnati hitters are putting up 4.5 runs per contest, including 6.8 per game over its last 10 games and 6.4 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .298/.358/.532 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

The Reds’ batters have been led by third baseman Eugenio Suarez and shortstop Jose Iglesias. Suarez is hitting .281/.360/.543 with 14 home runs, 40 RBIs and 32 runs scored, and the line for Iglesias stands at .303/.338/.436 with four homers, 21 RBIs and 25 runs.

In the other dugout, Washington’s pitching staff allowed 5.1 runs per game and its starters own a 3.81 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 9.97 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 6.85, along with a K-per-9 of 9.43.

Nationals hitters have slashed .250/.326/.419 on their way to 4.7 runs scored per game this year, including 6.0 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 5.8 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).

Washington’s hitters have been paced by outfielders Adam Eaton and Juan Soto. Eaton is slashing .262/.343/.373 with five home runs, 15 RBIs, 33 runs and five stolen bases, while Soto (.294/.393/.539) has produced 10 homers, 38 RBIs and 32 runs scored.

The Nationals have lost 13.6 units and are 19-24 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 23 of those games, compared to 18 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Reds have lost 0.9 units and are 22-20 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 17 of those games, as opposed to 23 which went under the total.

Nationals vs. Reds Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Nationals, ATS Winner – Nationals, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The over has cashed in four of Washington’s last seven contests.
  • The Nationals have a total OPS of .746 this season and an OPS of .704 when facing right-handed pitchers. The Reds’ OPS sits at .721 overall and .706 against righties.
  • The Nationals have won three of their last four games SU.
  • Cincinnati has recorded 30.0 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 26.8 over its last five.
  • The Nationals have hit 13 home runs in their last 10 games, including seven over their last five.