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#953 Cincinnati Reds 9 vs.
#954 Washington Nationals -165
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 4:05pm EDT
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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The Washington Nationals will be going for the series win when they take on the Cincinnati Reds in the final game of their three-game series on Wednesday afternoon. The game will be played at Nationals Park and is scheduled to begin at 4:05 PM. ET.

Trevor Bauer, 1-0, 3.09 ERA, will get the start for the Reds. The Nationals will counter with Stephen Strasburg, 14-5, 3.72 ERA.

(This preview was written before Tuesday’s game was played).

Reds Trying To Stay In Playoff Hunt

The Reds have a losing record, but they have managed to stay within distance of the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central and 4.5 games behind the Nationals in the wild card standings. They will be trying to keep their playoff hopes alive with a win over the Nationals on Wednesday.

Cincinnati hasn’t played very well offensively. The team’s .249 batting average is 17th in the league. Their .319 on-base percentage is 20th, while their .432 slugging percentage is 19th in the league. The 537 runs they have scored are 22nd in the league.

Jose Iglesias leads the Reds with a .292 batting average, while Eugenio Suarez leads the team with 33 homers and 75 RBI.

Cincinnati’s pitching is among the best in the league. Opponents have a .241 batting average against the Reds, which is fifth in the league. Their 4.09 ERA is eighth, while their 44 quality starts are 16th in the league.

In his last start, Bauer gave up three hits and one earned run in seven innings, leading to a 5-2 win over the Chicago Cubs. They will need another solid outing from him to get past the Nationals on Wednesday.

Nationals Trying To Increase Wildcard Lead

The Nationals are currently six games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. Even though they still have enough time to catch the Braves, the Nationals will be focused on increasing their lead in the NL wild card standings, where they have six teams within striking distance of them.

Offensively, Washington has played well. The team’s .258 batting average is 10th in the league. Their .335 on-base percentage is seventh, while their .438 slugging percentage is 13th in the league. The 591 runs they have scored is 13th in the league.

Anthony Rendon is having a big season for the Nationals and leads the team with a .317 batting average, 25 homers, and 90 RBI.

Washington’s pitching has also been very good. Opponents have a .248 batting average against the Nationals, which is ninth in the league. Their 4.42 ERA is 15th, while their 65 quality starts are third in the league.

In his last start, Strasburg gave up four hits and three earned runs in seven innings, but the Nationals lost to the New York Mets 7-6. They will need him to bounce back from the loss with a better performance on Wednesday.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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The Nationals have played well against teams with losing records, winning 23 of their last 30 contests against them. They have also played well with Strasburg on the mound and have won 16 of his last 21 starts against NL Central teams. The Reds have struggled against NL East teams and have lost seven of their last 10 contests against teams in the division. They have also lost 18 of their last 25 Wednesday games.

Prediction: Washington Nationals

Full-Game Total Pick

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The Reds have played over the total in seven of their last nine games and in five of their last seven games against teams with winning records. The Nationals have played over the total in four of their last five games against right-handed starters and in Strasburg’s last five starts.

Prediction: Over

First Five Innings Side Pick

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The Reds will win the first five innings of this game because they have outplayed the Nationals in the first five innings of their last three games, averaging 4.67 runs per game while the Nationals average 3.67 runs per game.

Prediction: Cincinnati Reds

First Five Innings Total Bet

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The Reds and Nationals are averaging 8.34 combined runs per game in the first five innings of their last three games and they will go over the first five-inning total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.