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#901 Cincinnati Reds 10 vs.
#902 Washington Nationals -130
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 7:05pm EDT
Written by Ricky Dimon

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The Washington Nationals and Cincinnati Reds will continue a three-game series when they clash at Nationals Park on Tuesday night.

Head-to-head struggles

Cincinnati was in prime position to make a move in the wild-card race as it trailed the Nationals by only 5.5 games entering Monday’s action, but it couldn’t get the offense going early enough to avoid falling for the 15th time in 18 games against Washington. JesseWinker, Phillip Ervin, and National League Player of the Week Aristides Aquino each went deep for the Reds, who have belted 10 homers over their last three contests.

Left-hander Alex Wood (1-0, 5.65 ERA) is taking the mound for Cincinnati on Tuesday. Making only his third start of the season after spending the first half recovering from a back issue, Wood was fortunate to escape with a no-decision last Thursday against the Cubs after surrendering five runs and eight hits over 3.0 innings. The 28-year-old native of North Carolina recorded his first win in his only road outing of the season six days earlier, limiting Atlanta to two runs in 6.2 innings.

Still hanging around

Even with several key core players either injured or otherwise unavailable, the Nationals are proving to be a resilient bunch–unwilling to give up the top wild-card spot in the National League easily. Washington seeks its sixth victory in eight contests on Tuesday when it continues its three-game home series against Cincinnati. Trea Turner belted a three-run homer to pad an early lead in the series opener and the Nationals ended up needing every last bit of their five-run advantage after seven innings as the bullpen struggled in Monday’s 7-6 victory. Washington increased its lead over St. Louis in the wild-card race to one game despite not having the services of Juan Soto, who sat out Monday after spraining his ankle a day earlier. Brian Dozier (illness) was limited to pinch-hitting duty while the team waits for the returns of Max Scherzer and Ryan Zimmerman from the injured list.

Joe Ross (2-3, 6.75 ERA) will oppose Wood on Tuesday. The right-hander has been brilliant in three starts this season, improving to 2-1 with a 1.62 ERA as a member of the rotation after allowing three hits and registering five strikeouts over 6.0 scoreless innings to get the win last Wednesday at San Francisco. Ross, who entered the season having started in 48 of his 51 career appearances, was obviously uncomfortable coming out of the bullpen in 2019 as he has gone 0-2 with an 11.17 ERA in 18 relief efforts.

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Ross is 1-0 with a 3.65 ERA in two career starts against Cincinnati. Anthony Rendon is 12-for-21 lifetime with a homer against Wood. Cincinnati is 1-4 in its last five at Washington. The Nationals are 36-15 in their last 51 at home against losing opponents, 16-7 in Ross’ last 23 home starts, 4-1 in his last five starts on four days of rest, and 0-6 in the last 26 meetings between the two teams.

Prediction: Washington Nationals

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Aquino has belted seven homers over his last 10 games. Despite going hitless in four at-bats in the series opener, Rendon still is batting .347 with 30 RBIs in his last 31 contests. Cincinnati’s Tucker Barnhart is 4-for-4 against Ross. The over is 7-1-1 in the Reds’ last nine overall and 4-0-1 in their last five against starters with WHIPs over 1.30. It is also 4-1 in the Nationals’ last five against starters with WHIPs over 1.30 and 10-4-1 in Ross’ last 15 home starts. Look for this one to go over the total.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Ricky Dimon

A 2006 graduate of Davidson College, Ricky is based in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to joining the Winners & Whiners Staff, he worked with various websites in the sports handicapping industry and is generally a fan of going with the hot hand while in most cases showing a willingness to take favorites and give the points. Beyond the four major sports, Ricky is an avid tennis fan—and writer—and covers the ATP Tour on a daily basis.