Washington Nationals at Cincinnati Reds - 6/3/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Washington Nationals at Cincinnati Reds - 6/3/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds (18-32) vs Washington Nationals (18-35)

Game Info: Friday, June 3, 2022 at 6:40 pm (Great American Ball Park)

Mike Minor (0-0) (0.00) vs Josiah Gray (5-4) (5.08)

Betting Odds: Cincinnati Reds -130 / Washington Nationals +110 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington Nationals will play the Cincinnati Reds in Game 2 of their series at Great American Ballpark on Friday night.

The Washington Nationals are 18-35 this season and have lost four games in a row. Washington lost Game 1 of this series by a score of 8-1 on Thursday night. The Washington pitching staff has a 5.30 ERA, a 1.51 WHIP, and a .273 opponent batting average this season. The Nationals offense has scored 207 runs with a .251 batting average and a .317 on base percentage. Josh Bell is batting .309 with five home runs and 29 RBI’s for the Nationals this season. The projected starter for Washington is Josiah Gray, who is 5-4 with a 5.08 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP over 51.1 innings pitched this season.

The Cincinnati Reds are 18-32 this season and have won six of their last eight games. Prior to the Game 1 win, Cincinnati split a two game series with the Red Sox. The Cincinnati pitching staff has a 5.37 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP, and a .249 opponent batting average. The Reds offense has scored 210 runs with a .228 batting average and a .300 on base percentage this year. Brandon Drury is batting .247 with eight home runs and 26 RBI’s for the Reds this season. The projected starter for Cincinnati is Mike Minor, who is making his first appearance of the season.

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Washington is 21-47 in their last 68 road games and 5-17 in their last 22 Friday games. The under is 4-1-1 in Washington’s last 6 Friday games. Cincinnati is 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 2-6 in their last 8 Friday games. The over is 6-1-1 in Cincinnati’s last 8 games against the NL East. Washington is 23-10 in these two teams last 33 head to head meetings.

The Nationals come into this game playing pretty poorly, while the Reds have been playing much better than they started the season. Minor will be making his season debut for the Reds, so it is tough to know what we will see. For the Nationals, Gray has only allowed fewer than three runs in one of his last five starts. I am taking the Reds in this matchup as more of a fade against the Nationals.

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