Washington Nationals (54-36 SU, 46-40 O-U, 1st NL East)
vs Cincinnati Reds (39-51 SU, 48-37 O-U, 5th NL Central)
When: Monday, July 17th, 12:35 PM ET
Line: WSH -140 / CIN +130
TV/Live Stream: MLB.tv (Free Game of the Day), MLB Network, MASN
Washington and Cincinnati wrap up their unique four-game series on Monday afternoon. The Nationals have dominated in the first two games of the series, outscoring the Reds 15-7. They’ve now won seven of their last nine contests. Weather forecast calls for a high of 84 degrees F with a chance of thunderstorms.
Rendon continues to dominate with Nationals
Washington’s offense has been on a roll lately. They’ve scored 25 runs over their last three games and have crushed Cincinnati’s pitching. Third baseman Anthony Rendon (.315 avg) went 3-for-3 on Saturday’s contest and finished with two homers and six RBIs. He also ran across the plate twice himself. He’s had nine RBIs over his last three games.
Starting pitcher: Right-hander Stephen Strasburg (9-3, 3.43 ERA)
Strasburg took a loss in a rare awful outing against Atlanta back on July 8th. He gave up three earned runs and three more unearned runs on seven hits through just three innings of work. The bullpen collapsed behind him and the Nationals ended up losing in a blowout, 13-0. Strasburg didn’t give up a home run, but also didn’t record a strikeout while walking two. He has only given up two home runs over his last five starts. The defeat broke a four-game winning streak the Washington had with him on the mound.
Reds can’t back up great pitching against Arizona
Cincinnati has seen their pitching struggle in this series. After allowing just one run against Arizona last weekend, they’ve allowed 15 runs in the first two games of this series. The relief has been a slight issue with a 4.70 ERA over their last five games, but overall the pitching staff has posted a 4.09 ERA.
Starting pitcher: Right-hander Scott Feldman (7-6, 3.94 ERA)
Feldman took a loss against Colorado back on July 5th. He gave up four earned runs on five hits through five innings and allowed two home runs in a contest. It was the first time he’s done that since opening the season against St. Louis on April 9th. While he recorded six strikeouts to two walks, the offense couldn’t get his back and lost the game 5-3. He’s been relatively good over three starts prior to giving up four runs, but he’s given up at least four runs in half of his last 10 starts.
- 11-5 in their last 16 road games against right-handed starters
- 13-3 in Strasburg’s last 16 starts on the road against teams with a losing record
- 9-19 in their last 28 games overall on grass
- 1-6 in their last 7 games against NL East opponents
It’s hard to argue against Washington’s results over this series, and Strasburg has been strong over his recent starts. While the bullpen issues can flare up, it’s a good bet to go against a Cincinnati team that’s falling further down the NL Central.