Hot Nationals Host Reds Saturday Afternoon in 1st of Two

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Nationals and Reds Have Double Header on Saturday

The Washington Nationals play the first game of a double-header on Saturday afternoon. They take on the Cincinnati Reds at Nationals Park.

Mother Nature put a halt to the Washington Nationals’ hot streak. but They hope to pick up where they left off in the first game in a split doubleheader Saturday. The Nationals took the opener of the four-game series by a 10-4 margin on Thursday.

Washington is enjoying its second three-game winning streak in a little over a week. They are trying to keep pace with Philadelphia and Atlanta in the National League East. It will try to stay on course behind Gio Gonzalez in the opener and Jeremy Hellickson in the nightcap.

They take on a Cincinnati club that has dropped three in a row. Anthony DeSclafani goes in the matinee for the Reds, followed by Matt Harvey. Harvey will be facing the Nationals for the first time since being traded from the  Mets earlier in the year.

TV: 1:05 p.m. ET, FS Ohio (Cincinnati), MASN (Washington).

PITCHING MATCHUP: Reds RH Anthony DeSclafani (4-3, 5.47 ERA) vs. Nationals LH Gio Gonzalez (6-7, 3.78).

Odds: Nationals -188-moneyline favorites. Total is 9.5 -110.

Nationals and Reds Still in the Hunt

DeSclafani allowed three runs over 4 1/3 innings in each of his last two starts. He has an ERA of 9.00 over his last three outings. He has allowed 14 home runs over a span of 42 2/3 frames. That is over an eight-start stretch.

The 28-year-old gave up four runs across 14 innings through his first four appearances (two starts) at Nationals Park.

Gonzalez had his best start in two months. He tossed seven innings of one-run ball at Miami his last time out. Gio remained winless over a span of 10 starts. He opened the season with six strong innings and a win at Cincinnati.

Joey Votto is 9-for-24 with three home runs against the former first-round pick.

Washington slugger Bryce Harper is 7-for-13 with a home run, three doubles and five RBIs over a four-game stretch. He is a career .310 hitter against the Reds.

The Reds have lost eight straight to the Nationals, including all four meetings in 2018.

Washington is 19-22 in day games and 36-31 at night.

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<h4 class=”recent_form header”>Recent Form</h4>

Teamrecordmoneyvs LHPvs RHPFaveDogO/UDiff
Pitchers Last 3 Starts

<h4 class=”subheader”>A DeSclafani (4-3) ERA: 5.47</h4>

event dateOpponentResultscoreOU Resultipmoney
Jul 27, 2018PHIW6-4O4.1$108.00
Jul 21, 2018PITL2-6U4.1-$100.00
Jul 15, 2018STLL4-6O3.1-$100.00

<h4 class=”subheader”>G Gonzalez (6-7) ERA: 3.78</h4>

event dateOpponentResultscoreOU Resultipmoney
Jul 28, 2018MIAL1-2U7-$100.00
Jul 23, 2018MILL1-6U5.2-$100.00
Jul 11, 2018PITL0-2U6-$100.00

<h4 class=”header”>Bullpen</h4>

Cincinnati’s relievers have pitched 9 innings in the last 3 games.
Washington’s relievers have pitched 7 innings in the last 3 games.
Pitcher Recent Starts Vs Opponent

<h4 class=”subheader”>Cincinnati Reds – A DeSclafani</h4>

DatescoreWinneriphitsRunsEarned RunswalksstrikeoutsDecision
Jul 1, 20163-2WSH6.262228No Decision
Jul 6, 20153-2CIN5.252246No Decision
May 29, 20155-2CIN682221Win

<h4 class=”subheader”>Washington Nationals – G Gonzalez</h4>

DatescoreWinneriphitsRunsEarned RunswalksstrikeoutsDecision
Apr 1, 20186-5WSH651117Win
Jul 14, 20175-0WSH8.140026Win
Jun 30, 201613-4WSH664449Win
Jun 3, 20167-2CIN695508Loss
May 30, 20158-5CIN5.174426No Decision

<h4 class=”supergrid header”>Supergrid</h4>

Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense4.64114.015
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense4.58134.2917
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense4.63125.1626
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense5.0275.1224

<h4 class=”header”>Head To Head Detail</h4>

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineO/UAway PitcherHome PitcherAway HitsHome HitsAway WalksHome WalksAway StrikeoutsHome Strikeouts
Aug 2, 2018CIN4WSH10-2858.5OTyler Mahle (R)Max Scherzer (R)71047125
Apr 1, 2018WSH6CIN51228.5OGio Gonzalez (L)Sal Romano (R)876368
Mar 31, 2018WSH13CIN71348OStephen Strasburg (R)Luis Castillo (R)141242811
Mar 30, 2018WSH2CIN01979UMax Scherzer (R)Homer Bailey (R)6742614
Jul 17, 2017WSH6CIN11389UStephen Strasburg (R)Scott Feldman (R)11442812
Jul 16, 2017WSH14CIN4-11510OTanner Roark (R)Homer Bailey (R)177351111
Jul 15, 2017WSH10CIN71348.5OMax Scherzer (R)Luis Castillo (R)11966913
Jul 14, 2017WSH5CIN010910UGio Gonzalez (L)Tim Adleman (R)9742117
Jun 25, 2017CIN6WSH2-15210UScott Feldman (R)Tanner Roark (R)1282296
Jun 24, 2017CIN3WSH18-14610OHomer Bailey (R)Joe Ross (R)101917510

<h4 class=”header”>MLB Betting Odds and Trends</h4>

Team Vs Division Or Conference

<h4 class=”subheader”>Cincinnati Reds</h4>

recordHomeAwayFaveDogO/Uvs LHPvs RHP
Last 105-55-20-32-23-35-50-35-2
vs Div19-3213-196-134-515-2726-22-34-615-26
vs AL10-54-16-46-24-39-61-19-4
vs NL38-5622-3016-2610-928-4648-40-612-1426-42

<h4 class=”subheader”>Washington Nationals</h4>

recordHomeAwayFaveDogO/Uvs LHPvs RHP
Last 106-43-03-45-31-15-51-05-4
vs Div23-2211-912-1322-171-521-21-35-318-19
vs AL9-115-54-66-73-46-141-48-7
vs NL46-4221-2025-2241-345-839-46-310-1436-28
Team Last 5 Games

<h4 class=”subheader”>Cincinnati Reds</h4>

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalstarteripopposing starterLocation
Aug 2, 2018WSH4-10L2558.5Tyler Mahle1.2M ScherzerA
Aug 1, 2018DET4-7L-1189Sal Romano5.1M FiersA
Jul 31, 2018DET1-2L-1019H Bailey8Matt BoydA
Jul 29, 2018PHI4-0W-1149Luis Castillo7Zach EflinH
Jul 28, 2018PHI6-2W1209.5M Harvey5Vincent VelasquezH

<h4 class=”subheader”>Washington Nationals</h4>

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalstarteripopposing starterLocation
Aug 2, 2018CIN10-4W-2858.5M Scherzer6Tyler MahleH
Aug 1, 2018NYM5-3W-1099T Milone7N SyndergaardH
Jul 31, 2018NYM25-4W-1739T Roark7Steven MatzH
Jul 29, 2018MIA0-5L-1488.5J Hellickson4.2J UrenaA
Jul 28, 2018MIA1-2L-1538.5G Gonzalez7Trevor RichardsA

Next up:
Cincinnati at Washington Saturday, August 4 (2nd game of DH)

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