Cincinnati Reds vs. Washington Nationals
MLB: Monday, August 12, 2019 at 7:05 PM EST
The Reds have been pretty hot as of late and they are inching closer to being .500 on the season. The pitching has been solid for the club on the season and while the main issue has been the lineup their bats have been solid in the last several games. Even under .500, Cincinnati is still only several games out of first place in the NL Central and they are 4.5 games out of the 2nd NL Wild Card spot.
The Nationals have cooled off after a three-game win streak and since the All-Star break, they have been a .500 club. They are several games out of first place in the NL East and tied with the Milwaukee Brewers for the top NL Wild Card spot.
The Nats have won 19 of their last 26 games facing the Reds and have won nine of their last 12 home games against them.
Keep it up lineup
Cincy only ranks 22nd in MLB in runs scored, but they have scored at least five runs in six games recently where they won five of six games. In the first two games of their last series they totaled 15 runs and rookie Aristides Aquino has been en fuego since being called up from the minors and in his first nine games batted .464. He had a recent three-HR game and in his last four games he has gone yard six times with nine RBI.
Eugenio Suarez leads the Reds in home runs and RBI and he has gone deep in two straight games. While Cincy is well under .500 on the road this season, they have won their last four Monday games.
Anthony DeSclafani (7-6 4.20 ERA) goes in this series opener for Cincy and after giving up only two runs in two starts he has given up seven in his last two outings. In his last start he gave up four runs on five hits, including two HR, in five 1/3 innings but the lineup had his back in an 8-4 win over the L.A. Angels. This is DeSclafani’s first start of the season against the Nationals and the Reds have lost four of his last five road starts.
Coming back big time
Erick Fedde (2-2 4.20 ERA) goes for Washington in this game and after getting lit up for nine runs and not lasting past the 3rd inning he followed that up with a great start in his last outing. In his last start, he tossed six scoreless innings in a 4-0 win over the San Francisco Giants. The Nats have lost 10 of Fedde’s last 13 home starts, but in three of his last four starts, overall, he has not allowed more than two runs.
The Washington bullpen has struggled this season and in recently losing two in a row to the New York Mets they allowed them to come back late in each game. All-Star Anthony Rendon leads the team in HR and RBI, and he has 10 RBI in a recent seven-game stretch. Juan Soto is batting .300 in August and he has three HR and five RBI in a recent two-game stretch. The Nationals are 12-3 in their last 15 Game 1’s of a series and they have won 22 of their last 29 games facing a team with a losing record.
The Cincinnati Reds are:
The Washington Nationals are:
- 12-3 in their last 15 during game 1 of a series
- 22-7 in their last 29 vs. a team with a losing record
- 36-16 in their last 52 home games vs. a team with a losing road record
- 35-16 in their last 51 home games vs. a team with a losing record