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2021 MLB Handicapping
(62-89) Washington Nationals vs. Cincinnati Reds (78-74)
Date: Thursday, September 23rd, 2021
Time: 6:40 PM ET
Venue: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
Projected Pitchers: Patrick Corbin (PIT) vs. Luis Castillo (CIN)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Nationals +180 | Reds -210
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Nationals +1.5 (+120)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U 8.5
The Cincinnati Reds will host the Washington Nations in the first game of a four-game series on Thursday night from Great American Ball Park.
After winning a World Series championship in 2019, the Nationals are now in rebuilding mode. The team is last in NL East with a 62-89 record and have gone 13-33 since August 1, falling far below the preseason over/under win total of 84.5 set by Vegas.
Before the trading deadline, the Nationals shipped away key players Trea Turner, Kyle Schwarber, Josh Harrison, Yan Gomes, and Max Scherzer. The key remaining piece for the future is 22-yeard-old Juan Soto. Soto leads the team with a .316 batting average and 87 RBI and is second with 26 home runs.
The Nationals pitching staff is 24th in MLB with a 4.74 ERA and 29th, allowing 229 home runs.
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After holding a playoff spot for a bit, the Reds have now lost 13 of their last 19 games and are now behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the Wild Card race. They are 3 games back from the red hot Cardinals for the final wild card spot.
The Reds have maintained one of the best offenses in baseball throughout the season with an average of 4.91 runs per game and a 0.760 OPS to rank third in the Majors.
Cincinnati pitching hasn’t held up as well with a 4.38 collective ERA to rank slightly below average, including a mark of 5.18 from a bullpen that has been a massive weak point for an otherwise good roster.
At 37-years old, Joey Votto leads the team with 33 home runs and 92 RBI, and Nick Castellanos has hit 29 homers with 86 RBI and a club-best .309 batting average.
Cincinnati is missing a huge bat as outfielder Jesse Winker returned from a strained back muscle but once again returned to the injured list when he was hit in his first game back. Former #2 overall pick Nick Senzel is still recovering from knee surgery in May.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Nationals are 62-89 overall
- Nationals are 27-46 on the road
- Reds are 78-74 overall
- Reds are 40-36 at home
Free Washington Nationals vs. Cincinnati Reds MLB Prediction:
The Reds desperately need to win this game and are a massive favorite in this series, but that also comes with pressure. Nothing is expected of the Nationals in this situation, and I expect their young roster to go out and just play baseball.
The Nationals have not won many games lately, but they have covered the run line in 5 of their last 9 games. The Reds, on the other side, have only covered the run line in 3 of their last 15 games.
I’m taking Washington to keep this one close enough to cover.
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