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The Cincinnati Reds will be taking on the Washington Nationals in a Wednesday matinee. Fox Sports Ohio will televise this NL matchup and the game gets underway at 4:05 p.m. ET.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Washington Nationals Odds

Cincinnati (receiving +140) is the underdog to Washington (-150) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this afternoon game at 9 runs. The odds for wagering on the game’s total currently sit at -115 for the under and -105 for the over. Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the odds sitting at Reds +1.5 runs (-155) and Nationals -1.5 runs (+135).

The Nationals are 64-55 straight up (SU) and 65-53 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 7.3 units for moneyline bettors while gaining 7.8 units ATS. Washington has covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Reds are 56-62 SU and have gone 67-50 against the spread. Overall, the team’s lost 2.0 units for moneyline bettors, but have gained 9.4 units ATS. Cincinnati has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the over has hit in five of those seven.

Washington games have an over/under record of 54-58-6 in 2019. Cincinnati has been a great under bet with a total record of 46-66-5.

Trevor Bauer will get the start for the visiting Reds. The right-handed Bauer (10-8, 3.74 ERA) has recorded 200 strikeouts in 168.1 innings so far. He has yet to face the Nationals this year and did not record a start against them in 2018, either.

The Nationals are planning to start righty Stephen Strasburg (14-5, 3.72 ERA), who has 181 strikeouts and 38 walks, along with a WHIP of 1.07. Strasburg only made one start against the Reds in 2018 (1-0, 1.42 ERA and seven strikeouts across six and 1-third innings).

As a unit, Washington’s pitching staff has yielded 4.6 runs per game overall this season. The club’s starting pitching staff has a 3.55 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 6.01 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 9.2 K/9.

The Washington offense is putting up 5.0 runs per contest, including 5.1 per game over its last 10 games and 5.2 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .284/.342/.497 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

Third baseman Anthony Rendon and outfielder Adam Eaton have led the Nationals’ batters this year. Rendon is slashing .316/.399/.597 with 25 home runs, 90 RBIs and 84 runs scored, while Eaton’s line sits at .283/.366/.398 with seven homers, 29 RBIs, 75 runs and 13 stolen bases.

For the visiting squad, Cincinnati’s pitchers have allowed 4.3 runs per game and its starters own a 3.90 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 9.73 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 4.38, along with a WHIP of 1.25 and a K/9 of 9.67.

Reds hitters have slashed .250/.320/.432 on their way to 4.6 runs scored per game in 2019, including 5.5 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 5.0 per game over the team’s last five contests (2-3 SU).

Third baseman Eugenio Suarez and first baseman Joey Votto have paced Cincinnati’s hitters. Suarez is slashing .258/.342/.535 with 33 home runs, 75 RBIs and 65 runs scored, while Votto is slashing .262/.353/.412 with 12 homers, 39 RBIs and 60 runs scored.

The Reds have gained 0.2 units and are 50-39 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has cashed in 35 of those games, compared to 51 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Nationals have lost 1.8 units and are 51-38 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has cashed in 41 of those games, compared to 45 that’ve gone under.

Reds at Nationals Free MLB Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in only one of Cincinnati’s last seven games.
  • The Reds have a team OPS of .752 this season and an OPS of .737 against right-handed pitchers. The Nationals’ OPS stands at .774 overall and .757 versus righties.
  • Cincinnati has posted 25.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 25.0 over its last five.
  • The Reds have hit 21 home runs in their last 10 games, including 13 over their last five.