The MLB picks up on Tuesday after a quieter day of action on Monday. There is a total of sixteen games up on the board for August 13. One of the matchups to kick off the night of action will be between the Cincinnati Reds and the Washington Nationals. I expect this to be an exciting matchup as these teams are coming off a close game on Monday night. This game will start at around 7:05 PM Eastern time.
The Reds have earned a record of 56-61 to this point in the season, which has them in fourth place of the NL Central. Cincinnati’s division is really close at the top of the division, but the Reds are falling behind the competition. The Reds have been able to win five of their last eight games but will need to get a bigger streak going if they want to climb back into the playoff picture.
Washington is currently sitting in second place of the NL East with a record of 63-55. The Nationals are only six games behind the Atlanta Braves for the top spot in the division, but the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies are both on Washington’s tail. The Nationals have won back to back games and five of their last seven. Washington will look to earn another big win on Tuesday night.
The Reds are falling behind in the playoff race, but if they could get a streak going in this last month and a half, they could make a push. Washington is right in the thick of things and are looking to make a push on Atlanta for the division lead. This should help turn up the intensity on Tuesday night as these two teams battle it out for a much-needed win.
The first series between these two teams was back between May 31 and June 2 in Cincinnati. The first game was dominated by the home team early. The Reds put up a three-run homer in route to a five-run first inning. Cincinnati earned fifteen hits in comparison to Washington’s seven as the Reds were able to pull away with a 9-3 win in the first game of the series.
The Nationals came out in the second game looking for some revenge after the previous night’s beating. Gerardo Parra hit a three-run homer for Washington in the second inning. Matt Adams and Brian Dozier both added solo home runs for the Nationals. Erick Fedde pitched four innings, allowing six hits and two runs in his start as Washington won the second game 5-2.
The final game of the first series was an exciting one. The Nationals held a 2-1 lead through the first seven innings of the game. Brian Dozier hit a two-run single in the top of the eighth inning to help put the game on ice. Max Scherzer pitched eight innings and allowed only three hits and one run to help Washington earn a tough 4-1 road win.
The first game of this series was on Monday night. Jesse Winker got the night started with a home run in the first inning. Matt Adams had a two-run homer, while Trea Turner had a three-run home run and an RBI single to help give the Nationals a 7-2 lead going into the top of the eighth. Aristides Aquino and Phillip Ervin had homers as the Reds made a comeback bid in the last two innings, but fell short in a 7-6 loss.
The Nationals have gone 3-1 against Cincinnati so far this season. Washington has been the better team overall, so this is not a huge surprise. The Reds will look to bounce back after their comeback fell short in last night’s game though. I expect another close one on Tuesday night.
Eugenio Suarez has put up a really strong season so far. Suarez has earned 110 hits, 33 home runs and 75 RBI’s throughout this season. Joey Votto has a solid stat line of 108 hits, 12 homers and 40 RBI’s. Jose Iglesias has 106 hits with 44 RBI’s on the season. Jesse Winker has 88 hits, 16 homers and 38 RBI’s. Aristides Aquino has come on strong late in the season, putting up 15 hits, 8 home runs and an OPS of 1.661 through 34 at bats.
Anthony Rendon has put up a strong season, earning 124 hits, 25 home runs, 90 RBI’s and an OPS of 1.011. Adam Eaton has 123 hits this season. Juan Soto has put up 112 hits, 24 home runs and 77 RBI’s. Trea Turner has 97 hits and 11 homers, while Victor Robles has 93 hits and 15 home runs. Matt Adams, Brian Dozier and Kurt Suzuki have double-digit home runs as well.
The Nationals have a stronger hitting lineup, especially with Yasiel Puig gone from Cincinnati and Derek Dietrich is gone with an injury. Washington will look to use this to their advantage as they did in Monday night’s win. The Reds will need some players to step up.
Alex Wood will start on the mound for the Reds on Tuesday night. Wood has a 1-0 record through three starts this season. He has an ERA of 5.65 and a WHIP of 1.535 through those three starts. Wood allowed eight hits and five runs through three innings against the Chicago Cubs in his last start.
Joe Ross will be the starting pitcher against Cincinnati on Tuesday. Ross has a record of 2-3 through three starts and 21 games this season. He has put up an ERA of 6.75 and a 1.750 WHIP. In Ross’s last two starts, he has allowed four hits and no runs through eleven and the third inning against Arizona and San Francisco.
These two pitchers do not have the best stats on the season. Ross has put up two strong performances in his last two starts, but I believe he could struggle this time around. I believe that these two teams could put up strong batting performances in Tuesday night’s matchup.
The Nationals are coming off a big win on Monday night and they will look to repeat that success on Tuesday. I believe that this game could go either way, but with these two pitchers starting, I believe it could be a high scoring game. Both teams have solid hitters in their lineup, which could make this game go over.
BetOnline has Washington listed as a -110 against the money line and the over/under listed at 10 ½. I believe that this game could be a higher scoring affair, which puts a lot of value on the over. The two starting pitchers have not put up great seasons so far and I believe that these two hitting lineups will benefit from that.