MLB Predictions 8/14: Reds vs. Nationals
Check out our MLB Predictions 8/14 between the Reds vs. Nationals at Nationals Park on Wednesday, August 14 @ 4:05pm.
The Cincinnati Reds take on the Washington Nationals in the final game of the early week 3 game series. This will also be the final game of the regular season between the two.
The game will be another important step in the tight NL wild card chase. The Nationals hold the top wild card spot with a record of 62-55. Cincinnati sits 5 games back at 56-60. Both teams sit 7 games back in their divisions.
The Nationals at the beginning of the year were a team projected to be in the MLB Playoffs, the Reds, however, are over achieving based off many projections early in the year.
A bolstered roster and talent across the board has them contending for their first playoff appearance since 2013.
Nationals hold a 2-1 game lead in the matchup going into this series.
The Reds come into the game 6-4 in their last 10. They are 23-32 on the road this season.
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Cincinnati Reds Form & News
The Reds will send newly acquired Trevor Bauer out to start this game. Bauer is an established pitcher in the league. He is 10-8 on the year with a 3.74 start over 26 starts this season.
Bauer has made two starts for the Reds already. His most recent was a 7 inning 11 strikeout performance in which he earned a win. Bauer gathers many outs via strikeout and fly ball.
He has tallied double digit strikeouts in numerous outings this season. Bauer features a 95 mph four seam fastball which generates a lot of whiffs and fly balls. His curveball has very good bite and is one of the best in the game.
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Bauer uses a strong scientific presence in his pitching and has developed a very rpm on his curveball which makes it one the elite pitches in the game.
In the bullpen the Reds closer is Rasiel Iglesias who is steady with 23 saves. One of their better bullpen arms Amir Garrett is not available due to suspension.
The Reds offense is capable of putting up runs in a hurry. As of late they have been scoring steadily and keeping the team in ball games. Overall on the season the Reds are middle of the road in nearly all offensive stats.
Eugenio Suarez is the biggest threat in their lineup. He leads the team in hits, HRs, and RBIs. He has 33 HRs this season. Other feature hitters include Nick Senzel, Joey Votto and Jesse Winker.
Aristedes Aquino who just got called up recently is another hot bat in the lineup he has 7HRs in his last 10 games.
Washington Nationals Form
The Nationals are 31-25 at home this season and 5-5 in their last 10.
Projected starter Stephen Strasburg is 14-5 this season with a 3.72 ERA over 24 starts. At home this year he is 7-2 with an ERA just above 3.
After having a superb July Strasburg has been roughed up a bit in his last two starts. His allowed 5 HRs in his last 12 innings. Strasburg has potential to rack up strikeouts in starts. He has 14 strikeout game already this season, and many with double digits.
Featuring a 94 mph four seam fastball, a curveball which generates a lot of whiffs, and a changeup which has strong dive and can collect strikeouts. The Nationals are 7-3 in Strasburg’s last 10 starts.
Despite dropping two close games vs the Mets in their recent series, the Nats have been playing really well. They are lead on offense by Anthony Rendon. Rendon leads the team in hits as well as HRs and RBIs.
Young phenom Juan Soto is listed as day to day with an ankle injury. This would be a huge loss in the lineup if he is unable to suit up.
Trea Turner is threat on the bases with 25 bags on the season and an on base percentage of .352. Adam Eaton and Victor Robles are also having strong offensive years.
The Nationals bullpen has been amongst the worst this season and is always a concern late in the game.
MLB Predictions 8/14: Reds vs. Nationals
The Reds have a strong run differential that does not match their record. With the hot hitters in the lineup the Reds can get to Strasburg who is struggling a bit as of late.
The Nat’s bullpen continues to be unsteady. Trevor Bauer will look to get the best of the Nationals lineup. The leaders of Bauer, Suarez and Votto will be successful in inching the Reds closer to their playoff hopes.
Reds will mix and match hitters off the bench to matchup accordingly, and have been getting good relief pitching as of late.
For these reasons we like the Reds to win this game.
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