Anthony DeSclafani (2-4, 3.46 ERA) and the Cincinnati Reds (19-27) go up against Stephen Strasburg (3-5, 6.50 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (28-19) in the first of a three-game series at the Great American Ball Park. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 29 and will air on MASN2 and FSN-OH.
DeSclafani is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA against the Nationals in his career, but is up against a strong Washington offense that's hitting .256 on the year. Todd Frazier (.260, 29 Rs, 14 HRs, 28 RBIs, 6 SBs) continued his strong season Wednesday, going 2 for 3 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. In his career against the Reds, Strasburg is 1-1 with a 5.50 ERA. He meets a struggling Cincinnati offense that's batting just .235. Denard Span (.325, 22 Rs, 5 HRs, 15 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been doing well, going 2 for 5 Wednesday.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment. Cincinnati has averaged 2.7 runs per game over the last 10 games, lower than its season average of 3.7. They have been a terror on the base paths, leading all of baseball with 45 steals.
The Nationals are the number one overall scoring offense in the NL, averaging 4.7 runs per game so far. Washington has an eye for the strike zone, ranking 3.3 in the NL with third walks per game. Switching gears to Washington's pitching staff, they have the fifth-lowest ERA in the NL at 3.53.
This game will feature Strasburg (RHP) on the mound against the Reds, who have a 14-21 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Nationals will be the right-hander DeSclafani. They sport a 20-16 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - WSH
Washington earned its fourth shutout of the season in its last game. Cincinnati has been shut out three times this season.
When the Nationals play into extra innings, they have a 3-1 record. The Reds are 1-3 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Nationals are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Reds have a 0-7 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Reds are 12-5. The Nationals have a 19-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th, Cincinnati is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 170 this season. Washington ranks in the top five at second with 219.
Ranking 11th, Cincinnati is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 149 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 155.
The Reds are 16-14 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Nationals are 21-8 when they hit at least one homer.