Brandon Finnegan (1-4, 4.14 ERA) and the Cincinnati Reds (19-35) meet Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.57 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (33-21) in the first of a three-game series at the Great American Ball Park. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 3 and will air on MAS2 and FSOH.
In his last start, Finnegan pitched 6.1 innings, giving up four runs, striking out four and walking four in a 5-4 loss to the Brewers. Jay Bruce (.275, 30 Rs, 11 HRs, 36 RBIs, 2 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run and two RBIs. The Nationals were also unsuccessful the last time Gonzalez pitched. He struggled, going 4.2 innings, allowing six runs, striking out six and walking four in a 9-4 loss to the Cardinals. Daniel Murphy (.394, 31 Rs, 9 HRs, 34 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 Wednesday with two runs.
The odds are Nationals -160 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is 8.5 at the moment.
Predictions: SU Winner - WAS
When leading after seven innings, Washington is 15-8, while Cincinnati is 10-17.
When they are outhit, the Reds are 4-27. The Nationals have a 5-14 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 12th in home runs, Cincinnati has hit 63 this season. Washington ranks sixth with 71 home runs.
Ranking 26th, Cincinnati is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.76 per game. Washington ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 8.20.
Ranking 22nd, Cincinnati is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.704). Washington ranks in the top half at 12th with an OPS of .738.
The Nationals are 20-18 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Reds are 14-28 when they allow at least one homer.