The Washington Nationals and the Cincinnati Reds resume a four-game series on Saturday evening. Erick Fedde is aiming for his fourth road win of the season. The Reds counter with rookie Vladimir Gutierrez who is searching for his first win of the month. The Reds lead the season series 3-2.
Fedde Serves Up Three HR's, Nats Gain Momentum
Erick Fedde will make his 27th outing of the season in this one. Fedde struggled in his latest effort, squandering four runs (two earned) including three home runs in five innings against the Marlins, leading to the no-decision. The veteran right-hander has especially struggled recently, recording a 5.21 ERA this month, and has tallied a 5.10 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP accompanied by a 7-9 record in 127 innings pitched on the season. Fedde has allowed four runs in 10 career innings against the Reds.
Washington has found some momentum, winning four out of their last five games entering Friday. They won two of three in Miami this week, scoring 21 runs in the series. They stand at 5-5 in their last 10 games overall. Yadiel Hernandez is out of action.
Luis Garcia has provided some offense recently, collecting seven hits along with four RBI’s in his last five games. The 21-year old rookie shortstop owns a solid .830 OPS this month and has six homers along with 16 RBI’s on the season. Garcia is 1 for 8 against the Red pitching this season.
The Nationals are scoring an average of 4.50 runs per game, ranking them 16th in the Majors. The pitching staff has recorded a 4.73 team ERA, placing them 23rd overall.
Gutierrez' Struggles Resume
Vladimir Gutierrez will get the nod for the 22nd time of the season on Saturday. Gutierrez had trouble once again in his latest effort, conceding five runs in only 3.2 frames against the Pirates, and was able to escape with a no-decision in a game the Reds won. The rookie right-hander had a great start but has struggled recently and his ERA has dipped to 4.53 along with a 1.37 WHIP and a 9-6 record in 111.1 innings of action. This is his first career meeting against the Nats.
The Reds are likely going to miss the postseason after a terrible month of September. They haven’t won a series this month in what has been an easy schedule including two series against the last-place Pirates. Cincinnati is only 3-7 in their last 10 clashes.
Eugenio Suarez is having a terrific month at the plate, sporting a 1.1 OPS. The veteran third baseman is hitting an abysmal .183 on the year but has 27 homers along with 71 RBI’s. He is 5 for 16 with two home runs against the Nationals this season. Jessie Winker is out of action.
The Reds are averaging 4.79 runs, ranking them ninth in the big leagues. The pitching staff enters with a 4.35 team ERA, placing them 19th.
The Washington Nationals are:
- 4-1 in their last 5 road games.
- 23-6 in their last 29 games against the Reds.
The Cincinnati Reds are:
- 1-4 in their last 5 home games.
- 1-4 in their last 5 games in the third game of a series.
- 1-4 in their last 5 games overall.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Reds have yet to win a series this month and are now six games out of the Wildcard. The Nationals are playing well, registering the win in four out of their last six games, and are producing at the plate. They have scored 24 runs in their last four games entering Friday. Reds’ starter Vladimir Gutierrez is struggling, allowing nine runs in his last two starts spanning only seven innings.
Furthermore, Nats’ starter Erick Fedde has held the Reds to only four runs in 10 career frames. The Nats have been competitive on the road as well, sporting a 4-1 record in their last five road bouts.
Full-Game Total Pick
This one will yield plenty of runs. The National are thriving at the plate, averaging 4.9 runs in their last 10 games overall and the over has been the common trend as a result. Gutierrez owns a terrible 7.63 ERA this month. The over is also 12-3-1 in the Nats’ last 16 games in the third game of a series.
In addition, Nats’ starter Erick Fedde will give up runs. The right-hander has tallied a 5.21 ERA this month and has squandered seven home runs in his last three outings. The over is 5-0 in Fedde’s last five starts overall.