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.
(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 Reds (@Reds) August 13, 2019
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.
7 runs and a win?
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 13, 2019
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.
- 3-7 in their last 10 vs. National League East.
- 7-18 in their last 25 Wednesday games.
- 5-2 in their last 7 overall.
- 16-5 in Strasburg’s last 21 starts vs. National League Central.
- 23-7 in their last 30 vs. a team with a losing record.