Cincinnati Reds vs Washington Nationals 7/3/2023 – Tonight, the Cincinnati Reds will take on the Washington Nationals in a clash of teams moving in different directions this season. The Reds, boasting a 45-39 record, have been on fire lately, thanks in part to the impressive performance of rookie 3B Elly De La Cruz. Their recent success has propelled them into a tie with Milwaukee for first place in the NL Central Division. On the other hand, the Nationals have had a more challenging time, currently sitting at the bottom of the NL East. The Cincinnati Reds will win this game per the best baseball betting lines.
Cincinnati Reds vs Washington Nationals 7/3/2023
|When:||Monday, July 3, 4:05 PM EDT|
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— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 2, 2023
The Cincinnati Reds have been on a roll lately, propelled by the arrival of rookie 3B Elly De La Cruz. With a record of 45-39, they have signed a tie with the Milwaukee Brewers for the top spot in the NL Central Division standings. Their recent success has seen them win five consecutive starts by right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver, who has received ample run support despite some struggles this season.
Weaver, a 29-year-old righty, will take the mound in the upcoming game against the Washington Nationals. So far, he has had a rough season, allowing 50 runs in 64.2 innings pitched, resulting in a 6.96 ERA. Opponents have taken advantage of Weaver’s struggles, recording a .282 expected opponent batting average and a .492 expected opponent slugging percentage. His expected ERA stands at 5.31, indicating that opponents have been able to make solid contact and drive in runs against him.
Cincinnati’s Top Offensive Gameplay
However, while Weaver has faced challenges, the Reds’ lineup has been a force to be reckoned with. They have been one of the best offensive teams in baseball, averaging 4.99 runs per game. In their last four games alone, they have scored 27 runs, thanks to notable performances from players like Matt McLain, Spencer Steer, Jake Fraley, Jonathan India, and rookie sensation Elly De La Cruz.
McLain has been impressive, slashing .317/.372/.556 with 100 total bases. Steer has contributed with a slash line of .279/.370/.490, 13 home runs, and 144 total bases. Fraley has been a consistent presence, slashing .278/.359/.483 with 11 home runs and 101 total bases. India and De La Cruz have combined for 14 home runs and 177 total bases, rounding out a formidable lineup that is difficult to contain.
In their most recent outing, the Reds secured a 4-3 home victory against the San Diego Padres, with Spencer Steer and Tyler Stephenson delivering two-run blasts. Their ability to generate offense and provide run support for their pitchers has been a key factor in their recent success.
Players to watch: Jonathan India 2B (GP 84, AB 319, R 61, H 81, 2B 17, 3B 0, HR 11, RBI 45, TB 131, BB 33, SO 69, SB 12, AVG 0.254, OBP 0.345, SLG 0.411, OPS 0.756, WAR 1.1, Spencer Steer 1B (GP 81, AB 297, R 43, H 84, 2B 19, 3B 2, HR 14, RBI 50, TB 149, BB 39, SO 64, SB 9, AVG 0.283, OBP 0.374, SLG 0.502, OPS 0.876, WAR 1.8.
The Washington Nationals have had a forgettable season thus far, struggling to find their footing and hoping to avoid a last-place finish in the standings. With a disappointing 34-49 record, they have dropped 27 out of their first 40 home games, leaving them in the basement of the NL East Division. However, they managed to secure a 5-4 road victory against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, thanks to a grand slam by Stone Garrett and a solo shot by Jeimer Candelario.
In their series opener against the Cincinnati Reds, the Nationals will turn to 26-year-old right-handed pitcher Jake Irvin. Despite being considered one of their top pitching prospects, Irvin has endured a challenging year on the mound, allowing 29 runs in 47.2 innings pitched, resulting in a 4.72 ERA.
Jake Irvin Continues His Struggle
Opponents have taken advantage of his struggles, with a .414 expected opponent slugging percentage, indicating that they are making hard contact and finding success driving in runs against him. Irvin’s strikeout percentage stands at 17.4, further highlighting his difficulties this season. His expected ERA of 4.84 suggests that he has been unable to stifle opposing offenses consistently.
Despite the Nationals’ challenges, they will look to redeem themselves against the Cincinnati Reds, who have been on a hot streak lately. With a record of 45-39, the Reds have been surging in the NL Central Division standings, tied with the Milwaukee Brewers for first place. With their lineup firing on all cylinders and recent success, the Reds pose a formidable challenge for the struggling Nationals.
Players to watch: Lane Thomas RF (GP 82, AB 324, R 57, H 97, 2B 21, 3B 2, HR 14, RBI 44, TB 164, BB 20, SO 91, SB 7, AVG 0.299, OBP 0.348, SLG 0.506, OPS 0.854, WAR 2.7, Joey Meneses DH (GP 76, AB 310, R 30, H 88, 2B 19, 3B 1, HR 2, RBI 39, TB 115, BB 19, SO 68, SB 0, AVG 0.284, OBP 0.324, SLG 0.371, OPS 0.695, WAR -0.1
Cincinnati Reds vs Washington Nationals Betting Numbers
The total has gone OVER 7 of Cincinnati’s last nine games.
Cincinnati is 16-4 SU in their last 20 games.
Reds is 2-4 SU in their last six games against Washington.
Cincinnati is 10-1 SU in their last 11 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cincinnati’s last six games when playing on the road against Washington.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cincinnati’s last six games against an opponent in the National League.
Washington is 4-1 SU in their last five games.
Nationals is 1-10 SU in their last 11 games at home.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington’s last six games when playing at home against Cincinnati.
Washington is 6-14 SU in their last 20 games against an opponent in the National League.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington’s last seven games against an opponent in the National League Central Division.
Cincinnati Reds vs Washington Nationals Betting Picks
The Cincinnati Reds’ potent lineup will look to continue their offensive onslaught and maintain their winning streak. According to the latest baseball betting odds, the Washington Nationals will not be able to keep their heads above the water and will lose this matchup.
Score Prediction: Reds 7, Nationals 5.