When you get off to a slow start to the season, you tend to look around the locker room and see if you have the personnel to pull you up. In the case of the Washington Nationals, that was never really in doubt. The same cannot be said for the Cincinnati Reds, who have basically gone from bad to worse with each passing week. These two teams will play the second of a 3-game series on Saturday afternoon in Cincinnati, let’s review the MLB betting odds for this game.
Quick Analysis on the MLB Spread Prediction on Washington at Cincinnati & TV InfoTime: May 30, 7:10 p.m. ETVenue: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, OhioNational TV: MASN 2, WUSA 9, 106.7 the FanOpening line: TBA Washington Nationals (28-19) were going to be the team to beat. Much of the reasoning behind that thinking was down to their killer pitching staff, but once the season got underway, it was really only Max Scherzer who was holding up his end of the bargain in the starting rotation. Things have changed dramatically, though, and the Nationals are now 18-6 in the month of May. Not only is the pitching where it should be, they are scoring runs at a ridiculous rate, fueled in large part by the stellar work being put in by Bryce Harper. Baseballs must look like the size of beach balls right now, as he is hitting everything thrown in his direction. Gio Gonzalez (4-2, 4.53 ERA) will get the start on Saturday. Gonzalez is 3-0 in his last 5 starts, and the Nats have won each of those outings.The one guy that the Cincinnati Reds (19-27) have always been able to rely on is pitcher Johnny Cueto, so imagine how bleak things looked when Cueto was added to the disabled list. There is talk that he could be back for the final game of this series on Sunday, but the fact of the matter is that this Reds team need a whole lot more help than he can deliver. The Reds are just 1-9 in their last 10 games, and they haven’t won a series since the middle of the month. Runs have been hard to come by, even as the pitching staff has been handing runs to the opposition at an alarming rate. They have been getting no help from their starting rotation, which has put a major strain on the bullpen. Raisel Iglesias (1-1, 4.26 ERA) will get the start as he fills the spot vacated by Cueto.
Key Betting Trends
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington’s last 7 games
- Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cincinnati’s last 6 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games when playing Washington