Washington Nationals vs. Cincinnati Reds Series Betting Preview

Washington Nationals vs. Cincinnati Reds Series Betting Preview

Sam Frohman
6 months ago
2 min read
Reds starting pitcher Hunter Greene makes is way onto the field to warmup

The Cincinnati Reds will return home to Cincinnati to face up against the Washington Nationals for a four game series starting on Thursday night at 6:40 p.m. 

The Reds come into this series as winners of three out of the last five including a series win against the San Francisco Giants and splitting the two game series with the Boston Red Sox.

The Nationals were just swept in a three game series by the New York Mets where the Nationals failed to score any runs in the last two games. They have won only once out of their past five games.

Both teams are last in their respective divisions with very similar records. The Reds, at 17-33, are 9-12 at home this season. The Nationals have a record of 18-34 overall and 9-16 on the road.

Let’s look ahead at this weekend's series matchups between the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals.

Expected Odds

The Cincinnati Reds are favored in Game 1 of this series with the Run Line set at -1.

The Reds have been playing much better baseball in the past couple of weeks and it is showing in their recent record. They will be looking to use this series as a test against a similar opponent.

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Expected Pitching Matchup

Graham Ashcraft is expected to take the mound for the Reds in Thursday night’s game. He is posting a 1.69 ERA through his first two starts of the season. He is 1-0 with one win and one no decision. He got his first win of the season in last week’s matchup with the Giants where he pitched 6.1 innings giving up four hits and no earned runs.

Joan Adon is the expected starter for the Washington Nationals. He has started in ten games this season with a 1-8 record, 6.08 ERA and 38 strikeouts. His last time out, he pitched well but got the no decision after going six innings, giving up six hits, no earned runs and striking out three.

The expected matchups for games two, three and four include Mike Minor vs. Josiah Gray, Tyler Mahle vs. Erick Fedde and Luis Castillo vs. Patrick Corbin.

Expected Outcome

Even though the Reds lost their most recent game in Boston, they are playing with a fire right now that is competing with top teams in the league. Winning the series against the Giants and splitting the series with Boston are prime examples of that. The Reds have not dropped a series in their past three series matchup, and I expect them to extend that streak against Washington.

With the home field advantage, I am riding the Reds to win three out of four games this weekend to continue their hot streak into June. The Reds’ roster is nothing to write home about, but when they are fully healthy, they play hard to grind out games against opponents with more talent and higher payroll.

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