It’s a beautiful day for baseball in Cincinnati, as the Reds host the Nationals in an NL matchup at Great American Ball Park. First pitch is set for 1:40 PM ET, and you can catch the action on BSOH.

The pitching matchup for today’s game features Jake Irvin going for the Nationals and Nick Martinez on the mound for the Reds. Oddsmakers have Cincinnati as the favorite, with a money line payout of -179 compared to +148 for Washington.

CINCINNATI REDS VS WASHINGTON NATIONALS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Cincinnati Reds Moneyline -179

This game will be played at Great American Ball Park at 1:40 ET on Sunday, March 31st.

HOW TO BET THE NATIONALS VS REDS:

  • We have the Reds winning by a score of 5 to 4
  • However, if you’re looking for a run line pick, we like the Nationals to cover
  • As for an over/under pick, we have this game finishing with 9 runs and like the under

The Nationals and Reds wrapped up their most recent game in this series with a 7-6 win for Washington. Despite being on the road, the Nationals were the underdog at +152. The money line odds were likely due to the fact that the Reds hit two more home runs and had the same number of hits as Washington.

Heading into the 9th inning, the Nationals were actually trailing by a score of 6-4, but they put together a three-run 9th inning to pull off the comeback. Keibert Ruiz had a big game, driving in three runs and hitting a home run. Jesse Winker and Joey Meneses also drove in a run for the Nationals.

Hunter Harvey got the win out of the bullpen for Washington, while Kyle Finnegan picked up the save. Patrick Corbin got the start for Washington, giving up four runs in 4 1/3 innings. Hunter Greene started for the Reds and took a no-decision, despite giving up just two runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Nationals Records & Stats

Coming off a season in which he made 24 starts and finished with a record of 3-7, Jake Irvin will toe the rubber for the Nationals in their matchup with the Reds. Last season, Irvin made two appearances against Cincinnati, going 0-1 with an ERA of 3.58. Overall, his ERA for the season was 4.61, and he finished the year with eight quality starts. Per nine innings, Irvin averaged 7.36 strikeouts and 4.02 walks. His WHIP for the season was 1.42, and he allowed a total of 20 home runs.

When it comes to the Nationals’ offensive projections, we have Lane Thomas as the player most likely to hit a home run, as his home run projection is 10th best in the league today. Joey Gallo is 2nd on the team in terms of home run projections and 12th in the league. CJ Abrams has the highest hits projection on the team, and his home run projection is 15th in the league. Joey Meneses is 2nd in terms of total hits and 17th in terms of home run projections in today’s games.

Reds Records & Stats

Coming off a season in which he made 62 appearances and nine starts, Nick Martinez will take the mound for the Reds against the Nationals. Last season, Martinez went 6-4 with an ERA of 3.43 and a WHIP of 1.26. His batting average allowed was .231, while his on-base percentage allowed was .297. In his three appearances against the Nationals last season, Martinez went 0-0 with an ERA of 6.0.

Our model is projecting a big game for Christian Encarnacion-Strand, as he has the highest total hits projection on the Reds and the 2nd highest home run projection in today’s slate of games. Jonathan India is also expected to have a solid game, as he has the 2nd highest total hits projection and 2nd highest home run projection on the team. Jeimer Candelario is 7th on the team in terms of total hits projection, but his home run projection is 12th best in today’s games.