Cincinnati Reds vs. Washington Nationals
The Washington Nationals and the Cincinnati Reds meet on Sunday for game three of their series at Washington. The Nationals are -130 favorites over the Reds with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Washington Nationals have continued their strong play wining five games in a row and they remain the early leaders in the National League as they have won the first two games of their series against the Reds. On Saturday Edwin Jackson put together a masterful performance on the mound as he allowed just two hits and a run while striking out nine and going the full nine innings to get the win. Jayson Werth had two hits, scored a run, and had a RBI, Adam LaRoche had two hits, and Jesus Flores had three hits as the Nationals scored four runs on 10 hits. For Sunday’s game Washington starts Ross Detweiler who was stellar in his first start this season. In his first outing Detweiler allowed just two hits while striking out six over five innings of work to get the win.
The Cincinnati Reds have lost three games in a row and have been outscored by 12 runs through nine games this year. On Saturday the Reds managed just two hits, one by Drew Stubbs and one by Miguel Cairo, and they scored just once and that wasn’t enough to get the job done. Homer Bailey allowed seven hits and three runs while striking out three taking his second loss of the year. For Sunday’s game Cincinnati starts Mike Leake who was a loser in his first start this season. In his first outing Leake allowed seven hits and three earned runs while striking out four as he got just one run in support against the Cardinals.
Washington is 5-0 in their last five home games, 6-1 in their last seven games against the N.L. Central, and 7-3 in Detweiler’s last 10 home starts. Cincinnati is 3-8 in their last 11 road games, 1-5 in their last six games overall, and 1-4 in Leake’s last five starts against a team with a winning record. Cincinnati is 1-5 in their last six games in Washington.
The Nats are red hot and the Reds aren’t hitting well enough to help out their pitching but they aren’t going to need much here with Leake and I see them getting it and avoiding the sweep.
Cincinnati Reds +110 Washington Nationals